Himantoglossum hircinum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaOrchidaceaeHimantoglossumHimantoglossum hircinum

Ecology

A tuberous, winter-green perennial herb growing on chalk and, rarely, limestone in open grassland, on roadsides and in quarries, and occasionally on calcareous sand dunes and heathland. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

Submediterranean-Subatlantic element.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 9

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 728

Height (cm): 70

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Non-bulbous geophyte (rhizome, corm or tuber)

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 113

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

Atlas Change Index: -2.4

Plantatt Conservation Status

Vulnerable

JNCC Designations

NHMSYS0000459709

External Species Accounts

Atlas text references

Atlas (339a)
Carey (1998
1999) Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols. Sanford M
1991.  The orchids of Suffolk. Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.