Ligusticum scoticum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaUmbelliferaeLigusticumLigusticum scoticum

Ecology

A perennial herb of coastal rock crevices and free-draining skeletal soils by the sea. Habitats include cliffs, rocky shores and platforms, spray-drenched shingle, stabilised sand dunes and stone sea-defence walls. The seeds float and retain some viability even after a year in sea water. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Boreo-arctic Montane element; a coastal species also found in E. Asia and N. America.

Broad Habitats

Supralittoral rock (does not include maritime grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 3

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1293

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 393

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 28

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.29

Weighted Changed Factor: -2

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

36

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003702