Central Mediterranean mountain hedgehog heath

Description (English)

Heath of often spiny hedgehog sub-shrubs on base-rich and acidic soils in windy and sunny situations in the supra- and oromediterranean belts of Corsica, Sardinia, Elba, Sicily and the southern mainland Mountains of Italy. Downslope expansion below the timberline can follow clearance and grazing.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S7-4

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Chamaecytisus spinescens
Flowering Plants Armeria brutia
Flowering Plants Centaurea sarfattiana
Flowering Plants Astragalus calabrus
Flowering Plants Festuca circummediterranea
Flowering Plants Anthemis cretica
Flowering Plants Thymus longicaulis
Flowering Plants Sesleria tenuifolia
Flowering Plants Phleum ambiguum
Flowering Plants Genista michelii
Flowering Plants Genista desoleana
Flowering Plants Bromopsis caprina
Flowering Plants Festuca curvula
Flowering Plants Koeleria lobata
Flowering Plants Erysimum pseudorhaeticum
Flowering Plants Avenula praetutiana
Flowering Plants Globularia meridionalis
Flowering Plants Plantago maritima subsp. serpentina
Flowering Plants Viola corsica

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
Chamaecytisus spinescens Flowering Plants
Armeria brutia Flowering Plants
Centaurea sarfattiana Flowering Plants
Astragalus calabrus Flowering Plants
Festuca circummediterranea Flowering Plants
Anthemis cretica Flowering Plants
Thymus longicaulis Flowering Plants
Sesleria tenuifolia Flowering Plants
Phleum ambiguum Flowering Plants
Genista michelii Flowering Plants
Genista desoleana Flowering Plants
Bromopsis caprina Flowering Plants
Festuca curvula Flowering Plants
Koeleria lobata Flowering Plants
Erysimum pseudorhaeticum Flowering Plants
Avenula praetutiana Flowering Plants
Globularia meridionalis Flowering Plants
Plantago maritima subsp. serpentina Flowering Plants
Viola corsica Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Chamaecytisus spinescens
Flowering Plants Helianthemum nummularium
Flowering Plants Thymus longicaulis
Flowering Plants Bromus erectus
Flowering Plants Anthyllis vulneraria
Flowering Plants Teucrium montanum
Flowering Plants Festuca circummediterranea
Flowering Plants Teucrium chamaedrys
Flowering Plants Sesleria tenuifolia
Flowering Plants Plantago maritima subsp. serpentina
Flowering Plants Phleum ambiguum
Flowering Plants Petrorhagia saxifraga
Flowering Plants Koeleria lobata
Flowering Plants Helianthemum oelandicum
Flowering Plants Galium lucidum
Flowering Plants Dianthus sylvestris
Flowering Plants Centaurea sarfattiana
Flowering Plants Astragalus calabrus
Flowering Plants Armeria brutia
Flowering Plants Anthemis cretica

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
Chamaecytisus spinescens Flowering Plants
Helianthemum nummularium Flowering Plants
Thymus longicaulis Flowering Plants
Bromus erectus Flowering Plants
Anthyllis vulneraria Flowering Plants
Teucrium montanum Flowering Plants
Festuca circummediterranea Flowering Plants
Teucrium chamaedrys Flowering Plants
Sesleria tenuifolia Flowering Plants
Plantago maritima subsp. serpentina Flowering Plants
Phleum ambiguum Flowering Plants
Petrorhagia saxifraga Flowering Plants
Koeleria lobata Flowering Plants
Helianthemum oelandicum Flowering Plants
Galium lucidum Flowering Plants
Dianthus sylvestris Flowering Plants
Centaurea sarfattiana Flowering Plants
Astragalus calabrus Flowering Plants
Armeria brutia Flowering Plants
Anthemis cretica Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Astragalus calabrus
Flowering Plants Plantago maritima subsp. serpentina
Flowering Plants Chamaecytisus spinescens
Flowering Plants Genista michelii
Flowering Plants Genista desoleana
Flowering Plants Festuca circummediterranea
Flowering Plants Thymus longicaulis
Flowering Plants Teucrium montanum
Flowering Plants Silene italica
Flowering Plants Potentilla cinerea
Flowering Plants Phleum ambiguum
Flowering Plants Globularia meridionalis
Flowering Plants Fumana procumbens
Flowering Plants Brachypodium retusum

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
Astragalus calabrus Flowering Plants
Plantago maritima subsp. serpentina Flowering Plants
Chamaecytisus spinescens Flowering Plants
Genista michelii Flowering Plants
Genista desoleana Flowering Plants
Festuca circummediterranea Flowering Plants
Thymus longicaulis Flowering Plants
Teucrium montanum Flowering Plants
Silene italica Flowering Plants
Potentilla cinerea Flowering Plants
Phleum ambiguum Flowering Plants
Globularia meridionalis Flowering Plants
Fumana procumbens Flowering Plants
Brachypodium retusum Flowering Plants

Other classifications

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