Eastern Mediterranean mountain hedgehog-heath

Description (English)

Heath of often spiny hedgehog sub-shrubs on mostly base-rich soils in dry mountains of the supra- and oromediterranean belts of the east Mediterranean. Downslope expansion below the timberline can follow clearance and grazing.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S7-5

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Astragalus angustifolius
Flowering Plants Astragalus creticus
Flowering Plants Marrubium velutinum
Flowering Plants Daphne oleoides
Flowering Plants Eryngium amethystinum
Flowering Plants Poa thessala
Flowering Plants Carduus tmoleus
Flowering Plants Asyneuma limonifolium
Flowering Plants Cerastium candidissimum
Flowering Plants Festuca varia
Flowering Plants Phleum montanum
Flowering Plants Cirsium hypopsilum
Flowering Plants Prunus prostrata
Flowering Plants Campanula spatulata
Flowering Plants Centaurea affinis
Flowering Plants Festuca polita
Flowering Plants Lepidium hirtum
Flowering Plants Galium thymifolium
Flowering Plants Koeleria lobata
Flowering Plants Bromus cappadocicus

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
Astragalus angustifolius Flowering Plants
Astragalus creticus Flowering Plants
Marrubium velutinum Flowering Plants
Daphne oleoides Flowering Plants
Eryngium amethystinum Flowering Plants
Poa thessala Flowering Plants
Carduus tmoleus Flowering Plants
Asyneuma limonifolium Flowering Plants
Cerastium candidissimum Flowering Plants
Festuca varia Flowering Plants
Phleum montanum Flowering Plants
Cirsium hypopsilum Flowering Plants
Prunus prostrata Flowering Plants
Campanula spatulata Flowering Plants
Centaurea affinis Flowering Plants
Festuca polita Flowering Plants
Lepidium hirtum Flowering Plants
Galium thymifolium Flowering Plants
Koeleria lobata Flowering Plants
Bromus cappadocicus Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Astragalus angustifolius
Flowering Plants Eryngium amethystinum
Flowering Plants Astragalus creticus
Flowering Plants Daphne oleoides
Flowering Plants Marrubium velutinum
Flowering Plants Dactylis glomerata
Flowering Plants Melica ciliata
Flowering Plants Poa thessala
Flowering Plants Carduus tmoleus
Flowering Plants Asyneuma limonifolium
Flowering Plants Festuca varia
Flowering Plants Sanguisorba minor
Flowering Plants Minuartia verna
Flowering Plants Cerastium candidissimum
Flowering Plants Thymus longicaulis
Flowering Plants Stipa pennata
Flowering Plants Phleum montanum
Flowering Plants Poa bulbosa
Flowering Plants Koeleria lobata
Flowering Plants Cerastium brachypetalum

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
Astragalus angustifolius Flowering Plants
Eryngium amethystinum Flowering Plants
Astragalus creticus Flowering Plants
Daphne oleoides Flowering Plants
Marrubium velutinum Flowering Plants
Dactylis glomerata Flowering Plants
Melica ciliata Flowering Plants
Poa thessala Flowering Plants
Carduus tmoleus Flowering Plants
Asyneuma limonifolium Flowering Plants
Festuca varia Flowering Plants
Sanguisorba minor Flowering Plants
Minuartia verna Flowering Plants
Cerastium candidissimum Flowering Plants
Thymus longicaulis Flowering Plants
Stipa pennata Flowering Plants
Phleum montanum Flowering Plants
Poa bulbosa Flowering Plants
Koeleria lobata Flowering Plants
Cerastium brachypetalum Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Astragalus creticus
Flowering Plants Astragalus angustifolius

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 creticus Flowering Plants
Astragalus angustifolius Flowering Plants

Other classifications

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