Alpide dwarf Vaccinium wind heaths

Description (English)

Very low, single-stratum, carpets of prostrate Vaccinium spp. and lichens, of windswept, mostly snowfree, localities in the alpine belt of the high mountains of the Alpine system, for the most part Vaccinium-dominated facies of the trailing azalea communities, in which Loiseleuria procumbens often accompanies Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium vitis-idaea or Vaccinium uliginosum, the latter represented, as in F2.211, F2.24 and F2.2A, by the distinctive low, small-leaved, creeping, mat-forming entity variously referred to as Vaccinium gaultherioides, Vaccinium uliginosum ssp. microphyllum, Vaccinium alpina, Vaccinium pubescens, Vaccinium uliginosum ssp. pubescens.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S2-212

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Loiseleuria procumbens
Flowering Plants Vaccinium gaultherioides
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Flowering Plants Vaccinium uliginosum
Flowering Plants Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Loiseleuria procumbens Flowering Plants
Vaccinium gaultherioides Flowering Plants
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants
Vaccinium uliginosum Flowering Plants
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Not available For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F2.212 Alpide dwarf Vaccinium wind heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F2.212 Alpide dwarf Vaccinium wind heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F2.212 Alpide dwarf Vaccinium wind heaths same
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