Western Mediterranean coastal garrigue

Description (English)

Low scrub of often spiny, cushion-forming plants on thin soils on wind-exposed and spray-splashed tops of rocky cliffs on the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Pantelleria and in the Gulf of Taranto.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S7-1

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Genista corsica
Flowering Plants Helichrysum italicum
Flowering Plants Astragalus massiliensis
Flowering Plants Cistus monspeliensis
Flowering Plants Stachys glutinosa
Flowering Plants Teucrium marum
Flowering Plants Rosmarinus officinalis
Flowering Plants Euphorbia pithyusa
Flowering Plants Reichardia picroides
Flowering Plants Carlina corymbosa
Flowering Plants Genista sardoa
Flowering Plants Pallenis maritima
Flowering Plants Cistus salvifolius
Flowering Plants Lagurus ovatus
Flowering Plants Armeria pungens
Flowering Plants Pistacia lentiscus
Flowering Plants Brachypodium retusum
Flowering Plants Calicotome villosa
Flowering Plants Anchusa crispa
Flowering Plants Silene sedoides

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
Genista corsica Flowering Plants
Helichrysum italicum Flowering Plants
Astragalus massiliensis Flowering Plants
Cistus monspeliensis Flowering Plants
Stachys glutinosa Flowering Plants
Teucrium marum Flowering Plants
Rosmarinus officinalis Flowering Plants
Euphorbia pithyusa Flowering Plants
Reichardia picroides Flowering Plants
Carlina corymbosa Flowering Plants
Genista sardoa Flowering Plants
Pallenis maritima Flowering Plants
Cistus salvifolius Flowering Plants
Lagurus ovatus Flowering Plants
Armeria pungens Flowering Plants
Pistacia lentiscus Flowering Plants
Brachypodium retusum Flowering Plants
Calicotome villosa Flowering Plants
Anchusa crispa Flowering Plants
Silene sedoides Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Helichrysum italicum
Flowering Plants Genista corsica
Flowering Plants Cistus monspeliensis
Flowering Plants Rosmarinus officinalis
Flowering Plants Reichardia picroides
Flowering Plants Pistacia lentiscus
Flowering Plants Cistus salvifolius
Flowering Plants Carlina corymbosa
Flowering Plants Brachypodium retusum
Flowering Plants Astragalus massiliensis
Flowering Plants Asparagus acutifolius
Flowering Plants Rubia peregrina
Flowering Plants Daucus carota
Flowering Plants Teucrium polium
Flowering Plants Lagurus ovatus
Flowering Plants Dactylis glomerata
Flowering Plants Teucrium marum
Flowering Plants Stachys glutinosa
Flowering Plants Phillyrea angustifolia
Flowering Plants Lavandula stoechas

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
Helichrysum italicum Flowering Plants
Genista corsica Flowering Plants
Cistus monspeliensis Flowering Plants
Rosmarinus officinalis Flowering Plants
Reichardia picroides Flowering Plants
Pistacia lentiscus Flowering Plants
Cistus salvifolius Flowering Plants
Carlina corymbosa Flowering Plants
Brachypodium retusum Flowering Plants
Astragalus massiliensis Flowering Plants
Asparagus acutifolius Flowering Plants
Rubia peregrina Flowering Plants
Daucus carota Flowering Plants
Teucrium polium Flowering Plants
Lagurus ovatus Flowering Plants
Dactylis glomerata Flowering Plants
Teucrium marum Flowering Plants
Stachys glutinosa Flowering Plants
Phillyrea angustifolia Flowering Plants
Lavandula stoechas Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Genista corsica
Flowering Plants Astragalus massiliensis
Flowering Plants Genista sardoa
Flowering Plants Armeria pungens
Flowering Plants Rosmarinus officinalis

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
Genista corsica Flowering Plants
Astragalus massiliensis Flowering Plants
Genista sardoa Flowering Plants
Armeria pungens Flowering Plants
Rosmarinus officinalis 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) F7.1 West Mediterranean spiny heaths wider merged
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F7.2 Central Mediterranean spiny heaths wider merged
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F7.2 Central Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F7.1 West Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F7.2 Central Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F7.1 West Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F7.1 West Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F7.2 Central Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F7.1 West Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F7.2 Central Mediterranean spiny heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F6.2 Central Mediterranean phrygana same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F6.1 West Mediterranean phrygana same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F5.2 Central Mediterranean phryganas same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F5.1 West Mediterranean phryganas same
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