Potentilla sterilis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaePotentillaPotentilla sterilis

Ecology

A perennial herb of relatively infertile, dry but not droughted soils in open woods, woodland margins, scrub, grassy hedge banks and rock crevices; also occasionally in meadows and on walls. In the lowlands it is usually found in partially shaded sites but it extends into open habitats in upland areas. 0-790 m (Helvellyn, Cumberland).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Suboceanic Temperate element; also in N. America.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland

Light (Ellenberg): 5

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1071

Height (cm): 15

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Shortly creeping, stolons in illuminated medium

Comment on Clonality

forming extensive diffuse patches through growth of rooted stolons (CPE)

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2167

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 742

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 8

Atlas Change Index: -0.3

Weighted Changed Factor: -16

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

13

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003339