Thymus serpyllum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaLamiaceaeThymusThymus serpyllum

Ecology

A small prostrate perennial herb confined to dry sandy heaths and grasslands overlying chalk drift, and on inland dunes, especially in areas disturbed by rabbits or sheep. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Boreo-temperate element, with a continental distribution in W. Europe; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Acid grassland (includes non-calcareous sandy grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 2

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 606

Height (cm): 4

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Chamaephyte

Woodiness

Semi-woody

Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 9

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.11

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000004209