EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > S - Heathland, scrub and tundra > S3 - Temperate and mediterranean-montane scrub > S3-3 - Lowland to montane temperate and submediterranean genistoid scrub

Lowland to montane temperate and submediterranean genistoid scrub

Description (English)

Low scrub dominated by various woody legumes on mostly sharply-draining, nutrient-poor acidic soils through the temperate and submediterranean lowlands and mediterranean foothills of Europe. To the north the vegetation is usually found in successions or ecotones within pastoral landscapes and is often rather species-poor; further south, the scrub can occur as a more persistent or repeatedly renewed habitat among rocky or unstable hill-slopes with richer associated floras.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S3-3

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Ulex europaeus
Flowering Plants Cytisus scoparius
Flowering Plants Genista florida
Flowering Plants Erica cinerea
Flowering Plants Teucrium scorodonia
Flowering Plants Genista cinerascens

Diagnostic species occur concentrated in the habitat in question, but are absent or rare in other habitats. They are good positive indicators of the habitat, but they do not need to occur in every location of the habitat.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Ulex europaeus Flowering Plants
Cytisus scoparius Flowering Plants
Genista florida Flowering Plants
Erica cinerea Flowering Plants
Teucrium scorodonia Flowering Plants
Genista cinerascens Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Cytisus scoparius
Flowering Plants Ulex europaeus
Ferns Pteridium aquilinum
Flowering Plants Agrostis capillaris
Flowering Plants Teucrium scorodonia
Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Potentilla erecta
Flowering Plants Erica cinerea
Flowering Plants Rubus ulmifolius
Flowering Plants Anthoxanthum odoratum
Flowering Plants Rumex acetosella
Flowering Plants Holcus lanatus
Flowering Plants Dactylis glomerata
Flowering Plants Achillea millefolium
Flowering Plants Hypochaeris radicata
Flowering Plants Holcus mollis
Flowering Plants Festuca ovina
Flowering Plants Deschampsia flexuosa
Flowering Plants Plantago lanceolata

Constant species occur frequently in the habitat, but they may include generalist species that are also frequent in other habitats.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cytisus scoparius Flowering Plants
Ulex europaeus Flowering Plants
Pteridium aquilinum Ferns
Agrostis capillaris Flowering Plants
Teucrium scorodonia Flowering Plants
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Potentilla erecta Flowering Plants
Erica cinerea Flowering Plants
Rubus ulmifolius Flowering Plants
Anthoxanthum odoratum Flowering Plants
Rumex acetosella Flowering Plants
Holcus lanatus Flowering Plants
Dactylis glomerata Flowering Plants
Achillea millefolium Flowering Plants
Hypochaeris radicata Flowering Plants
Holcus mollis Flowering Plants
Festuca ovina Flowering Plants
Deschampsia flexuosa Flowering Plants
Plantago lanceolata Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Cytisus scoparius
Flowering Plants Ulex europaeus
Ferns Pteridium aquilinum
Flowering Plants Genista florida
Flowering Plants Agrostis capillaris

Dominant species are those that often reach high cover in the habitat, thus determining the habitat physiognomy.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Cytisus scoparius Flowering Plants
Ulex europaeus Flowering Plants
Pteridium aquilinum Ferns
Genista florida Flowering Plants
Agrostis capillaris 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) F3.2 Submediterranean deciduous thickets and brushes complex merged & split
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) B2.5 Shingle and gravel beaches with scrub complex merged & split
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub complex merged & split
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F3.2 Submediterranean deciduous thickets and brushes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 B2.5 Shingle and gravel beaches with scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 B2.5 Shingle and gravel beaches with scrub vegetation same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F3.2 Mediterraneo-montane broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 B2.5 Shingle and gravel beaches with scrub vegetation same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F3.2 Mediterraneo-montane broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 B2.5 Shingle and gravel beaches with scrub vegetation same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F3.2 Mediterraneo-montane broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F1.3 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F2.5 Sub-mediterranean broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F1.3 Thorn-thickets, hedgerows and lowland scrub same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 31.8 Western Eurasian thickets same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 17.5 Gravel bank thickets same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 17.5 Gravel bank thickets n/a
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 31.8 Western Eurasian thickets same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 31.8   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 31.8   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 31.8   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 31.8   same
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