Mediterranean gorse-heaths

Description (English)

Western Mediterranean formations, for the most part limited to the lower meso-mediterranean and thermo-mediterranean zones of the western Iberian peninsula, with outposts in western Morocco, dominated by gorse (Ulex spp., Stauracanthus spp.) of thermo-Mediterranean affinities, or by the spiny, globular broom Genista hirsuta, accompanied by a cortège of plants characteristic of the meso- and thermo-mediterranean cistus maquis (F5.23), thermo-mediterranean scrub (F5.51) or, occasionally, meso-mediterranean garrigues (F6.1). Other thermo-mediterranean gorse formations will be found among the more specialised extreme southern Iberian endemic communities listed under F5.55, F5.58, F5.59, F5.5A-F5.5C.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S5-1P

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Genista hirsuta
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Genista hirsuta 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) F5.57 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F5.57 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F5.57 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F5.57 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F5.57 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F2.27 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F2.27 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 32.27 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 32.27 Mediterranean gorse-heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 32.27   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 32.27   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 32.27   same
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