Peat grasslands of Troodos

Description (English)

Calamagrostis epigejos tall (c. 1m) meadows developing at an altitude of around 1650 m on seasonally inundated depressions, on serpentinised substrate with basic pH. The meadows are inundated from October-November until June-July, depending on the rainfall but even in summer the soil is wet and muddy. The vegetation cover is thick and the dominant graminoids C. epipejeos and Juncus littoralis and other herbs form a continuous mat on the soil. The floristic structure is characterised by species which occur only or mainly at this habitat in Cyprus, such as Calamagrostis epigejos and Poa pratensis, and by a few endemic species occurring only at the high altitude damp places in the Troodos mountains.

Source: Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats, version EUR 28 (2013)

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 6460)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Mediterranean - Favourable
Habitat type Not priority
Natura 2000 sites 1 are designated for this habitat type

Distribution

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Conservation status

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Favourable: A habitat is in a situation where it is prospering and with good prospects to do so in the future as well
Unfavourable-Inadequate: A habitat is in a situation where a change in management or policy is required to return the habitat to favourable status but there is no danger of disappearance in the foreseeable future
Unfavourable-Bad: A habitat is in serious danger of disappearing (at least regionally)
Unknown: The information available for the habitat type is scarce and does not allow a proper assessment of its conservation status

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calamagrostis epigejos
Flowering Plants Carex distans
Flowering Plants Carex divulsa
Flowering Plants Crocus cyprius
Flowering Plants Hypericum perforatum
Flowering Plants Juncus littoralis
Flowering Plants Poa pratensis
Flowering Plants Polypogon semiverticillatus
Ferns Pteridium aquilinum
Flowering Plants Scirpus holoschoenus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calamagrostis epigejos Flowering Plants
Carex distans Flowering Plants
Carex divulsa Flowering Plants
Crocus cyprius Flowering Plants
Hypericum perforatum Flowering Plants
Juncus littoralis Flowering Plants
Poa pratensis Flowering Plants
Polypogon semiverticillatus Flowering Plants
Pteridium aquilinum Ferns
Scirpus holoschoenus Flowering Plants

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
CY5000004 Cyprus ETHNIKO DASIKO PARKO TROODOUS Map

Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E3.1 Mediterranean tall humid grassland narrower
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E3.121 Peat grasslands of Troodos same
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