Low steppic scrub

Description (English)

Low scrub, dominated by various, often clonal, shrubs frequently forming patches in locally mesic and sheltered situations within the dry grasslands of the steppe zone of central and eastern Europe. It can form a persistent natural landscape element or develop after abandonment of pasturing.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S3-6

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Prunus fruticosa
Flowering Plants Prunus tenella
Flowering Plants Spiraea media
Flowering Plants Caragana frutex
Flowering Plants Phlomis tuberosa
Flowering Plants Spiraea crenata
Flowering Plants Thalictrum minus
Flowering Plants Melica transsilvanica
Flowering Plants Aconitum anthora
Flowering Plants Stachys recta
Flowering Plants Fragaria viridis
Flowering Plants Hylotelephium maximum
Flowering Plants Geranium sanguineum
Flowering Plants Rosa pimpinellifolia
Flowering Plants Artemisia sericea
Flowering Plants Poa transbaicalica
Flowering Plants Salvia nemorosa
Flowering Plants Valeriana rossica
Flowering Plants Linaria angustissima
Flowering Plants Vincetoxicum hirundinaria

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
Prunus fruticosa Flowering Plants
Prunus tenella Flowering Plants
Spiraea media Flowering Plants
Caragana frutex Flowering Plants
Phlomis tuberosa Flowering Plants
Spiraea crenata Flowering Plants
Thalictrum minus Flowering Plants
Melica transsilvanica Flowering Plants
Aconitum anthora Flowering Plants
Stachys recta Flowering Plants
Fragaria viridis Flowering Plants
Hylotelephium maximum Flowering Plants
Geranium sanguineum Flowering Plants
Rosa pimpinellifolia Flowering Plants
Artemisia sericea Flowering Plants
Poa transbaicalica Flowering Plants
Salvia nemorosa Flowering Plants
Valeriana rossica Flowering Plants
Linaria angustissima Flowering Plants
Vincetoxicum hirundinaria Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Prunus fruticosa
Flowering Plants Galium verum
Flowering Plants Teucrium chamaedrys
Flowering Plants Vincetoxicum hirundinaria
Flowering Plants Stachys recta
Flowering Plants Fragaria viridis
Flowering Plants Euphorbia cyparissias
Flowering Plants Thalictrum minus
Flowering Plants Elymus repens
Flowering Plants Poa angustifolia
Flowering Plants Origanum vulgare
Flowering Plants Hypericum perfoliatum
Flowering Plants Coronilla varia
Flowering Plants Caragana frutex
Flowering Plants Prunus tenella
Flowering Plants Medicago falcata
Flowering Plants Geranium sanguineum
Flowering Plants Hylotelephium maximum
Flowering Plants Spiraea media

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
Prunus fruticosa Flowering Plants
Galium verum Flowering Plants
Teucrium chamaedrys Flowering Plants
Vincetoxicum hirundinaria Flowering Plants
Stachys recta Flowering Plants
Fragaria viridis Flowering Plants
Euphorbia cyparissias Flowering Plants
Thalictrum minus Flowering Plants
Elymus repens Flowering Plants
Poa angustifolia Flowering Plants
Origanum vulgare Flowering Plants
Hypericum perfoliatum Flowering Plants
Coronilla varia Flowering Plants
Caragana frutex Flowering Plants
Prunus tenella Flowering Plants
Medicago falcata Flowering Plants
Geranium sanguineum Flowering Plants
Hylotelephium maximum Flowering Plants
Spiraea media Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Prunus fruticosa
Flowering Plants Prunus tenella
Flowering Plants Spiraea media
Flowering Plants Caragana frutex

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
Prunus fruticosa Flowering Plants
Prunus tenella Flowering Plants
Spiraea media Flowering Plants
Caragana frutex 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) F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub complex merged & split
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F3.2 Submediterranean deciduous thickets and brushes complex merged & split
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F3.2 Submediterranean deciduous thickets and brushes 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 F3.2 Mediterraneo-montane broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub 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 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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