EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > S - Heathland, scrub and tundra > S9 - Riverine and fen scrubs > S9-1 - Arctic, boreal and alpine riparian scrub

Arctic, boreal and alpine riparian scrub

Description (English)

Scrub of Salix spp. and Myricaria germanica establishing on unsorted mineral sediments deposited in turbulent seasonal streams and flood-prone permanent rivers through the uplands of the arctic, boreal and alpine zones. More or less permanent where kept wet, re-establishing after seasonal flooding or succeeding to thorn scrub where the sediments stabilise.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S9-1
Relation to Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Salix lapponum
Flowering Plants Salix phylicifolia
Flowering Plants Salix lanata
Flowering Plants Salix glauca
Flowering Plants Stellaria borealis
Flowering Plants Betula nana
Flowering Plants Trientalis europaea
Flowering Plants Carex bigelowii
Flowering Plants Polygonum viviparum
Mosses & Liverworts Lophozia longiflora
Flowering Plants Salix hastata
Flowering Plants Rhodiola rosea
Flowering Plants Pedicularis lapponica
Flowering Plants Rubus chamaemorus
Flowering Plants Salix borealis
Flowering Plants Cerastium alpinum
Flowering Plants Saussurea alpina
Flowering Plants Epilobium anagallidifolium
Mosses & Liverworts Harpanthus flotovianus
Flowering Plants Cerastium glabratum

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
Salix lapponum Flowering Plants
Salix phylicifolia Flowering Plants
Salix lanata Flowering Plants
Salix glauca Flowering Plants
Stellaria borealis Flowering Plants
Betula nana Flowering Plants
Trientalis europaea Flowering Plants
Carex bigelowii Flowering Plants
Polygonum viviparum Flowering Plants
Lophozia longiflora Mosses & Liverworts
Salix hastata Flowering Plants
Rhodiola rosea Flowering Plants
Pedicularis lapponica Flowering Plants
Rubus chamaemorus Flowering Plants
Salix borealis Flowering Plants
Cerastium alpinum Flowering Plants
Saussurea alpina Flowering Plants
Epilobium anagallidifolium Flowering Plants
Harpanthus flotovianus Mosses & Liverworts
Cerastium glabratum Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Salix lapponum
Flowering Plants Deschampsia cespitosa
Flowering Plants Trientalis europaea
Flowering Plants Polygonum viviparum
Flowering Plants Salix phylicifolia
Flowering Plants Deschampsia flexuosa
Flowering Plants Rumex acetosa
Flowering Plants Ranunculus acris
Flowering Plants Betula nana
Flowering Plants Solidago virgaurea
Flowering Plants Anthoxanthum odoratum
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Flowering Plants Carex bigelowii
Flowering Plants Caltha palustris
Flowering Plants Salix lanata
Flowering Plants Salix glauca
Flowering Plants Rubus chamaemorus
Flowering Plants Potentilla palustris
Flowering Plants Filipendula ulmaria
Flowering Plants Viola palustris

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
Salix lapponum Flowering Plants
Deschampsia cespitosa Flowering Plants
Trientalis europaea Flowering Plants
Polygonum viviparum Flowering Plants
Salix phylicifolia Flowering Plants
Deschampsia flexuosa Flowering Plants
Rumex acetosa Flowering Plants
Ranunculus acris Flowering Plants
Betula nana Flowering Plants
Solidago virgaurea Flowering Plants
Anthoxanthum odoratum Flowering Plants
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants
Carex bigelowii Flowering Plants
Caltha palustris Flowering Plants
Salix lanata Flowering Plants
Salix glauca Flowering Plants
Rubus chamaemorus Flowering Plants
Potentilla palustris Flowering Plants
Filipendula ulmaria Flowering Plants
Viola palustris Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Salix lapponum
Flowering Plants Salix phylicifolia
Flowering Plants Salix glauca
Flowering Plants Salix lanata
Flowering Plants Betula nana
Flowering Plants Salix hastata
Flowering Plants Rumex acetosa

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
Salix lapponum Flowering Plants
Salix phylicifolia Flowering Plants
Salix glauca Flowering Plants
Salix lanata Flowering Plants
Betula nana Flowering Plants
Salix hastata Flowering Plants
Rumex acetosa 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) F9.1 Riverine scrub narrower split
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F9.1 Riverine scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F9.1 Riverine and lakeshore Salix scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F9.1 Riverine and lakeshore Salix scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F9.1 Riverine and lakeshore Salix scrub same
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