EUNIS habitat classification 2012 > F - Heathland, scrub and tundra > F1 - Tundra > F1.2 - Moss and lichen tundra

Moss and lichen tundra

English name: Moss and lichen tundra

Description (English)

Tundras of the middle tundra belt, characterized by a thick cover of mosses, formed notably by Hylocomium splendens, Aulacomnium turgidum, Tomentypnum nitens, Ptilidium ciliare, with dwarf shrubs, particularly Dryas octopetala, Cassiope tetragona, Salix reptans, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, sedges, among which the often dominant Carex ensifolia. Drier stands alternate in mosaic fashion with wetter areas dominated by sedges, in particular, Carex stans, Eriophorum angustifolium, Eriophorum scheuchzeri, and grasses, notably Arctophila fulva, Dupontia fischeri.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code F1.2

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Name Definition Other names Reference
Dryadion integrifoliae Ohba ex Daniëls 1982 Wind-exposed dwarf shrub heath and graminoid vegetation on non acidic substrates of Greenland and Arctic North America Dryadion integrifoliae Ohba 1974 Schaminee et al, 2012
Loiseleurio-Arctostaphylion Kalliola ex Nordhagen 1943 Arcti and-boreo-alpine tundra scrub of wind-exposed habitats of Scandinavia, northern Russia, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland Loiseleurio-Arctostaphylion Kalliola 1939; Arctostaphylo-Cetrarion nivalis Dahl 1957; Juncion trifidi scandinavicum Nordhagen 1936; Juncion trifidi scandinavicum Nordhagen 1943; Loiseleurio-Diapension Daniëls 1982 Schaminee et al, 2012

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Arctophila fulva
Mosses & Liverworts Aulacomnium turgidum
Flowering Plants Carex ensifolia
Flowering Plants Cassiope tetragona
Flowering Plants Dryas octopetala
Flowering Plants Eriophorum angustifolium
Flowering Plants Eriophorum scheuchzeri
Mosses & Liverworts Hylocomium splendens
Flowering Plants Salix reptans
Mosses & Liverworts Tomentypnum nitens
Flowering Plants Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Arctophila fulva Flowering Plants
Aulacomnium turgidum Mosses & Liverworts
Carex ensifolia Flowering Plants
Cassiope tetragona Flowering Plants
Dryas octopetala Flowering Plants
Eriophorum angustifolium Flowering Plants
Eriophorum scheuchzeri Flowering Plants
Hylocomium splendens Mosses & Liverworts
Salix reptans Flowering Plants
Tomentypnum nitens Mosses & Liverworts
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 39.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
CORINE Land Cover 3.3.3. Sparsely vegetated areas n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F1.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F1.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F1.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F1.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E5.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E5.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 39.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 39.2 Moss and lichen tundra same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 39.2   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 39.2   same
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