Loiseleuria procumbens

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaEricaceaeLoiseleuriaLoiseleuria procumbens

Ecology

This procumbent, calcifugous dwarf shrub is found on exposed, stony mountain heaths on dry ridges and plateaux. Reproduction is mainly by seed, but it also spreads by rooting of the procumbent stems. Generally found from 500 to 900 m, but descends to 240 m on Ronas Hill (Shetland) and reaches 1100 m on Ben Macdui (S. Aberdeen).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Circumpolar Arctic-montane element, with a disjunct distribution.

Broad Habitats

Montane habitats (acid grassland and heath with montane species)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 2

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 0.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 11.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1994

Height (cm): 25

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Chamaephyte

Comment on Life Form

dwarf shrub

Woodiness

Woody

Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 182

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.58

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003890