Oroboreal acidocline grassland

English name: Oroboreal acidocline grassland

Description (English)

Grass, sedge, rush, bryophyte and lichen acidophile or acidocline communities of the higher summits of the boreal and arcto-alpine mountains, southwest to the Highlands of Scotland, the Lake District, northern England and northern Wales, submitted to diverse, though generally moderate, levels of snow cover and wind exposure, with resulting affinities to both the fairly chionophilous grasslands of the Alps Caricetea curvulae assembled in unit E4.31 and to the snowfield communities of unit E4.11; Juncus trifidus and Carex bigelowii are often present.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E4.32
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (E4.3)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Carex bigelowii
Flowering Plants Juncus trifidus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carex bigelowii Flowering Plants
Juncus trifidus Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 36.32 Oroboreal acidocline grasslands wider
CORINE Land Cover 3.2.1. Natural grassland n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.1.2.1a Viviparus fescue - Red fescue variant n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.2.1.2 Mat-grass type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.2.1.3 Stiff Sedge - Arctic Hare's foot Sedge type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.1.2.3 Rhacomitrium lanuginosum - R. canescens-type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.1.1.5a Tree-leaved Rush-Bellard's Kobresia variant n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.2.1.5 Snow-covered Three-leaved Rush type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.2.3.1 Meadow Buttercup - Sweet Vernal grass variant n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.1.1.5 Tree-leaved Rush type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 1.1.2.1 Sheep's fescue type n/a
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U8 Carex bigelowii-Polytrichum alpinum sedge-heath overlap
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U7 Nardus stricta-Carex bigelowii grass-heath overlap
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U9 Juncus trifidus-Racomitrium lanuginosum rush-heath overlap
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E4.32 Oroboreal acidocline grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E4.32 Oroboreal acidocline grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E4.32 Oroboreal acidocline grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E4.32 Oroboreal acidocline grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E4.22 Oroboreal acidocline grasslands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E4.22 Oroboreal acidocline grasslands same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 36.32 Oroboreal acidocline grasslands wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 36.32 Oroboreal acidocline grasslands wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 36.32   wider
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 36.32   wider
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 36.32   wider
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 36.32   wider
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