Alpide Rhododendron hirsutum - Erica heaths

Description (English)

Forest substitution heaths, treeline fringe formations and alpine heaths or mats of calcareous soils in the Alps and the Dinarides, with Rhododendron hirsutum, Rhododendron intermedium, Rhodothamnus chamaecistus and Erica herbacea, often accompanied by Clematis alpina, Daphne striata, Daphne mezereum, Globularia cordifolia, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. Rhododendron hirsutum and, mostly in the Austrian Alps, Erica herbacea are the most frequent dominants; other shrubs can locally play that role. Arctostaphylos spp. -dominated facies have, however, been been included in unit F2.27.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S2-27

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Flowering Plants Clematis alpina
Flowering Plants Daphne mezereum
Flowering Plants Daphne striata
Flowering Plants Erica herbacea
Flowering Plants Globularia cordifolia
Flowering Plants Rhododendron hirsutum
Flowering Plants Rhodothamnus chamaecistus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Flowering Plants
Clematis alpina Flowering Plants
Daphne mezereum Flowering Plants
Daphne striata Flowering Plants
Erica herbacea Flowering Plants
Globularia cordifolia Flowering Plants
Rhododendron hirsutum Flowering Plants
Rhodothamnus chamaecistus 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) F2.28 Alpide Rhododendron hirsutum - Erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F2.28 Alpide Rhododendron hirsutum - Erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F2.28 Alpide Rhododendron hirsutum - Erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F2.28 Alpide Rhododendron hirsutum - Erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F2.28 Alpide Rhododendron hirsutum - Erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F3.28 Alpide Rhododendron hirsutum-Erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F3.28 Alpide hairy alpenrose-erica heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 31.48 Alpide hairy alpenrose-erica heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 31.48 Alpide hairy alpenrose-erica heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 31.48   same
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