Silene otites

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeSileneSilene otites

Ecology

A perennial herb of shallow, well-drained, light calcareous soils. As a native plant, it is confined to Breckland grass-heaths and roadsides, where open, disturbed ground provides sites for seedlings. Mature plants can survive for a while in denser swards, but are eventually excluded. It occurs elsewhere as a casual. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element, with a continental distribution in W. Europe.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.2

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 625

Height (cm): 80

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 18

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.36

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000002994