Pleurochaete squarrosa is a rare species In north-western and central Europe

  • Nationally scarce in the UK 
  • Very rare in the Netherlands

Pleurochaete squarrosa is characteristic of seasonally very dry and sunny habitats 

In north-western Europe, it is an indicator for 

  • species-rich
  • calcareous dry grasslands 
  • sunny, rocky habitats

and worthy of conservation efforts. 

The vast majority of sites where Pleurochaete squarrosa is found are located within nature reserves, reducing the threat to the species.