Western Mediterranean mountain hedgehog heath

Description (English)

Heath of often spiny hedgehog sub-shrubs on base-rich and acidic soils in the cold and droughty upper supra- and oromediterranean belts of the Iberian Peninsula, historically sustaining transhumance pastoralism but often extending down from crests and steep slopes due to grazing and burning.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S7-3

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Cytisus balansae
Flowering Plants Genista cinerascens
Flowering Plants Senecio adonidifolius
Flowering Plants Festuca summilusitana
Flowering Plants Arenaria querioides
Flowering Plants Carduus carpetanus
Flowering Plants Luzula lactea
Flowering Plants Echinospartum lusitanicum
Flowering Plants Orobanche rapum-genistae
Flowering Plants Festuca eskia
Flowering Plants Festuca elegans
Flowering Plants Jasione crispa
Flowering Plants Ornithogalum concinnum
Flowering Plants Linaria repens
Flowering Plants Koeleria crassipes
Flowering Plants Anarrhinum bellidifolium
Flowering Plants Stipa gigantea
Flowering Plants Santolina rosmarinifolia
Flowering Plants Avenula marginata

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
Cytisus balansae Flowering Plants
Genista cinerascens Flowering Plants
Senecio adonidifolius Flowering Plants
Festuca summilusitana Flowering Plants
Arenaria querioides Flowering Plants
Carduus carpetanus Flowering Plants
Luzula lactea Flowering Plants
Echinospartum lusitanicum Flowering Plants
Orobanche rapum-genistae Flowering Plants
Festuca eskia Flowering Plants
Festuca elegans Flowering Plants
Jasione crispa Flowering Plants
Ornithogalum concinnum Flowering Plants
Linaria repens Flowering Plants
Koeleria crassipes Flowering Plants
Anarrhinum bellidifolium Flowering Plants
Stipa gigantea Flowering Plants
Santolina rosmarinifolia Flowering Plants
Avenula marginata Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Cytisus balansae
Flowering Plants Deschampsia flexuosa
Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Genista cinerascens
Flowering Plants Teucrium scorodonia
Flowering Plants Cytisus scoparius
Flowering Plants Agrostis capillaris
Flowering Plants Rumex acetosella
Flowering Plants Rubus idaeus
Ferns Pteridium aquilinum
Flowering Plants Jasione montana
Flowering Plants Senecio adonidifolius
Conifers Juniperus communis subsp. communis
Flowering Plants Arrhenatherum elatius
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Flowering Plants Thymus praecox
Flowering Plants Gentiana lutea
Flowering Plants Thymus pulegioides
Flowering Plants Linaria repens
Conifers Juniperus communis subsp. alpina

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 balansae Flowering Plants
Deschampsia flexuosa Flowering Plants
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Genista cinerascens Flowering Plants
Teucrium scorodonia Flowering Plants
Cytisus scoparius Flowering Plants
Agrostis capillaris Flowering Plants
Rumex acetosella Flowering Plants
Rubus idaeus Flowering Plants
Pteridium aquilinum Ferns
Jasione montana Flowering Plants
Senecio adonidifolius Flowering Plants
Juniperus communis subsp. communis Conifers
Arrhenatherum elatius Flowering Plants
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants
Thymus praecox Flowering Plants
Gentiana lutea Flowering Plants
Thymus pulegioides Flowering Plants
Linaria repens Flowering Plants
Juniperus communis subsp. alpina Conifers
Flowering Plants Cytisus balansae

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 balansae Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Not available For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types
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