Phyllodoce caerulea

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaEricaceaePhyllodocePhyllodoce caerulea

Ecology

This low shrub occurs in acidic, free-draining sites on steep, usually N.- to E.-facing rocky mountain slopes. It is usually found in dwarf shrub communities, though it sometimes occurs in herb-rich grassland. All sites have a prolonged snow-lie. Flowering is irregular, and seed production generally poor. 670-800 m (Ben Alder Forest, Westerness).

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Arctic-montane element; also in C. and E. Asia and N. America.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 3

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): -1.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 10.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1829

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Chamaephyte

Comment on Life Form

dwarf shrub

Woodiness

Woody

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 3

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Plantatt Conservation Status

Vulnerable

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003893