Hedgehog-heaths

English name: Hedgehog-heaths

Description (English)

Primary cushion heaths of the high, dry mountains of the Mediterranean region and Anatolia, with low, cushion-forming, often spiny shrubs, in particular of genera Acantholimon, Astragalus, Erinacea, Vella, Bupleurum, Ptilotrichum, Genista, Echinospartum, Anthyllis, and various composites and labiates; secondary, zoogenic cushion heaths of the same regions, either downslope extensions of the high-altitude formations, and dominated by the same species, or specifically montane or steppic, often Genista-dominated in the Mediterranean region. Excluded are cushion-heaths of thermo-Mediterranean lowlands (F7.1, F7.2 and F7.3).

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code F7.4
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (F7)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Name Definition Other names Reference
Hyperico stenobotryos-Alyssion troodi S. Brullo et al. 2005 Oromediterranean scrub on utramafic substrates of Cyprus Schaminee et al, 2012
Andryalion agardhii Rivas-Mart. ex Rivas Goday et Mayor 1966 Baetic supra-oromediterranean pulvinate scrub on calcareous lithosols Andryalion agardhii Rivas-Mart. 1961 Schaminee et al, 2012
Eryngio multifidi-Bromion fibrosi Quézel 1964 Oromediterranean xeric ophiolithic grasslands and tragacanthic vegetation of mainland of Hellas Schaminee et al, 2012
Rumici-Astragalion siculi Poli 1965 Oromediterranean xeric cushion-tragacanthic scrub of Etna Schaminee et al, 2012
Xeroacantho-Erinaceion (Quézel 1953) O. de Bolòs 1967 Oromediterranean and upper supramediterranean hedgehog scrub of Sierra Nevada and North African Atlas Xero-Acanthion Quézel 1953 Schaminee et al, 2012
Verbascion spinosi Zaffran ex Bergmeier 2002 Xeric oromediterranean calcareous tragacanthic vegetation of western Crete Verbascion spinosi Zaffran 1990 Schaminee et al, 2012
Colchico cretensis-Cirsion morinifolii Bergmeier 2002 Oromediterranean swards and grasslands on stony soils of grazed dolines and high plateaus of Crete Schaminee et al, 2012
Armerion nebrodensis S. Brullo 1984 Meso-oromediterranean silicicolous pulvinate scrub and related grasslands of Madonie and Nebrodi (Sicilia) Schaminee et al, 2012
Cerastio-Astragalion nebrodensis Pignatti et Nimis ex S. Brullo 1984 Meso-oromediterranean calciphilous pulvinate scrub and related grasslands of Madonie and Nebrodi (Sicilia) Cerastio-Astragalion nebrodensis Pignatti et Nimis in E. Pignatti et al. 1980 Schaminee et al, 2012
Stipo pulcherrimae-Morinion persicae Quézel 1964 Oromediterranean xeric calcareous grasslands of Peloponissos Peninsula Schaminee et al, 2012
Koelerio brutiae-Astragalion calabrici Giacomini et Gentile ex S. Brullo in S. Brullo et al. 2005 Meso-oromediterranean pulvinate scrub and related grasslands of Sila (Calabria) Koelerio-Astragalion calabri Giacomini et Gentile 1961; Koelerio-Astragalion calabri Giacomini et Gentile 1966; Koelerio-Astragalion calabri Giacomini et Gentile ex Pignatti 1980; Koelerio-Astragalion calabri Giacomini et Gentile ex S. Brullo in S. Brullo et al. 2004 Schaminee et al, 2012
Armerion aspomontanae S. Brullo et al. 2001 Meso-oromediterranean pulvinate scrub and related grasslands of Aspromonte (Calabria) Schaminee et al, 2012
Echinospartion horridi Rivas-Mart. et al. 1991 Supra-orotemperate submediterranean calcareous low scrub of aragonian region of Pyrenees Schaminee et al, 2012
Astragalo angustifolii-Seslerion coerulantis Quézel 1964 Oromediterranean xeric calcareous grasslands and tragacanthic vegetation of mainland of Hellas Schaminee et al, 2012
Astragalion cretici Bergmeier 2002 Xeric oromediterranean calcareous tragacanthic vegetation of central and eastern Crete Astracanthion creticae Zaffran 1990 Schaminee et al, 2012
Anthyllidion hermanniae Klein 1972 Cyrno-Sardean oromediterranean cushion-tragacantic scrub on exposed and windy crests Schaminee et al, 2012

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 31.7 Hedgehog-heaths same
CORINE Land Cover 3.2.3. Sclerophyllous vegetation n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

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