Aster linosyris

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeAsterAster linosyris


A perennial herb of shallow soil in open, grassy habitats on limestone sea-cliffs and rocky slopes, cliff-top grassland and wind-pruned heath overlying limestone. It is a poor competitor, and is usually intolerant of heavy grazing, although in Pembrokeshire it is found in low-growing, sheep-grazed, cliff-top grassland and heath. It seems to be self-incompatible and some small populations appear to represent single, self-sterile clones. Lowland.

World Distribution

European Temperate element, with a continental distribution in W. Europe; it reaches its northern limit on Öland and Gotland.

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