Alpine Larix decidua and/or Pinus cembra forests

Description (English)

Forests of the subalpine and sometimes montane levels, dominated by Larix decidua or Pinus cembra; the two species may form either pure or mixed stands, and may be associated with Picea abies or Pinus uncinata.
Subtypes:
Pal. 42.31 Eastern Alpine siliceous larch and arolla forests. Larici-Cembretum.
Subalpine Larix decidua, Pinus cembra, or Larix decidua-Pinus cembra forests of the eastern and central Alps, mostly of the inner ranges, usually on siliceous substrates, with an often species-poor undergrowth comprising Vaccinium myrtillus, Rhododendron ferrugineum, Calamagrostis villosa, Luzula albida.
Pal. 42.32 Eastern Alpine calcicolous larch and arolla forests. Laricetum, Larici-Cembretum Rhododendretosum hirsuti.
Subalpine and montane Larix decidua, Larix decidua - Picea abies, Pinus cembra or Larix decidua-Pinus cembra forests of the eastern and central Alps, mostly of the outer ranges, on calcareous substrates, with a usually species-rich undergrowth including Erica herbacea, Polygala chamaebuxus, Rhododendron hirsutum or Pinus mugo.
Pal. 42.35 - Carpathian larch and arolla forests
Uncommon Larix decidua or Pinus cembra formations of the Carpathians, each occurring as a single dominant, together as codominants, or mixed with Picea abies.

Source: Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats, version EUR 28 (2013)

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 9420)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Favourable
Habitat type Not priority
Natura 2000 sites 282 are designated for this habitat type

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Conservation status

EU conservation status

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Favourable: A habitat is in a situation where it is prospering and with good prospects to do so in the future as well
Unfavourable-Inadequate: A habitat is in a situation where a change in management or policy is required to return the habitat to favourable status but there is no danger of disappearance in the foreseeable future
Unfavourable-Bad: A habitat is in serious danger of disappearing (at least regionally)
Unknown: The information available for the habitat type is scarce and does not allow a proper assessment of its conservation status
Full table details

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calamagrostis villosa
Flowering Plants Erica herbacea
Conifers Larix decidua
Flowering Plants Luzula albida
Conifers Picea abies
Conifers Pinus cembra
Conifers Pinus mugo
Conifers Pinus uncinata
Flowering Plants Polygala chamaebuxus
Flowering Plants Rhododendron ferrugineum
Flowering Plants Rhododendron hirsutum
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calamagrostis villosa Flowering Plants
Erica herbacea Flowering Plants
Larix decidua Conifers
Luzula albida Flowering Plants
Picea abies Conifers
Pinus cembra Conifers
Pinus mugo Conifers
Pinus uncinata Conifers
Polygala chamaebuxus Flowering Plants
Rhododendron ferrugineum Flowering Plants
Rhododendron hirsutum Flowering Plants
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 G3.2 Alpine Larix - Pinus cembra woodland narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 G3.22 Eastern Alpine calcicolous Larix and Pinus cembra forests wider
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 G3.21 Eastern Alpine siliceous Larix and Pinus cembra forests wider
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