Ponto-Sarmatic steppes

Description (English)

Steppes of the plains, plateau and hills of the western Black Sea, west of the Dniester and the basins, including those of the lower Danube, of Transylvania and of northern Thrace, of the southern edge and valleys of the Podolian plateau, of the Central Russian plateau, of the Volga plateau, of Orenburg and of Bachkiria, with grasses such as Stipa capillata, Stipa lessingiana, Kochia prostrata, Koeleria lobata (Koeleria degeni), Festuca valesiaca, Dichanthium ischaemum (syn Bothriochloa ischaemum). Includes vegetation in the alliances Festucion valesiacae, Stipion lessingianae, Agropyro-Kochion and Pimpinello-Thymion zygoidi.

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

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 62C0)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Black Sea - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Steppic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Habitat type Priority
Natura 2000 sites 47 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 Agropyron brandzae
Flowering Plants Alyssum saxatile
Flowering Plants Artemisia caucasica
Flowering Plants Artemisia lerchiana
Flowering Plants Bothriochloa ischaemum
Flowering Plants Bromus barcensis
Flowering Plants Cephalaria uralensis
Flowering Plants Chrysopogon gryllus
Flowering Plants Crambe tataria
Flowering Plants Dianthus nardiformis
Flowering Plants Dianthus pseudarmeria
Flowering Plants Dichanthium ischaemum
Flowering Plants Elymus hispidus
Flowering Plants Euphorbia dobrogensis
Flowering Plants Festuca callieri
Flowering Plants Festuca valesiaca
Flowering Plants Iris pumila
Flowering Plants Kochia prostrata
Flowering Plants Koeleria lobata
Flowering Plants Koeleria macrantha
Flowering Plants Melica ciliata
Flowering Plants Poa angustifolia
Flowering Plants Salvia nutans
Flowering Plants Satureja coerulea
Flowering Plants Sedum hillebrandtii
Flowering Plants Stipa capillata
Flowering Plants Stipa joannis
Flowering Plants Stipa lessingiana
Flowering Plants Stipa pulcherrima
Flowering Plants Stipa ucrainica
Flowering Plants Teucrium polium
Flowering Plants Thymus zygioides
Flowering Plants Vinca herbacea
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Agropyron brandzae Flowering Plants
Alyssum saxatile Flowering Plants
Artemisia caucasica Flowering Plants
Artemisia lerchiana Flowering Plants
Bothriochloa ischaemum Flowering Plants
Bromus barcensis Flowering Plants
Cephalaria uralensis Flowering Plants
Chrysopogon gryllus Flowering Plants
Crambe tataria Flowering Plants
Dianthus nardiformis Flowering Plants
Dianthus pseudarmeria Flowering Plants
Dichanthium ischaemum Flowering Plants
Elymus hispidus Flowering Plants
Euphorbia dobrogensis Flowering Plants
Festuca callieri Flowering Plants
Festuca valesiaca Flowering Plants
Iris pumila Flowering Plants
Kochia prostrata Flowering Plants
Koeleria lobata Flowering Plants
Koeleria macrantha Flowering Plants
Melica ciliata Flowering Plants
Poa angustifolia Flowering Plants
Salvia nutans Flowering Plants
Satureja coerulea Flowering Plants
Sedum hillebrandtii Flowering Plants
Stipa capillata Flowering Plants
Stipa joannis Flowering Plants
Stipa lessingiana Flowering Plants
Stipa pulcherrima Flowering Plants
Stipa ucrainica Flowering Plants
Teucrium polium Flowering Plants
Thymus zygioides Flowering Plants
Vinca herbacea Flowering Plants

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BG0000102 Bulgaria Dolinata na reka Batova Map
BG0000107 Bulgaria Suha reka Map
BG0000130 Bulgaria Kraymorska Dobrudzha Map
BG0000154 Bulgaria Ezero Durankulak Map
BG0000233 Bulgaria Studena reka Map
BG0000570 Bulgaria Izvorovo - Kraishte Map
BG0000572 Bulgaria Rositsa - Loznitsa Map
BG0000573 Bulgaria Kompleks Kaliakra Map
BG0000623 Bulgaria Taushan tepe Map
BG0000635 Bulgaria Devnenski halmove Map
ROSCI0012 Romania Brațul Măcin Map
ROSCI0022 Romania Canaralele Dunării Map
ROSCI0041 Romania Coasta Rupturile Tanacu Map
ROSCI0053 Romania Dealul Alah Bair Map
ROSCI0057 Romania Dealul Istrița Map
ROSCI0058 Romania Dealul lui Dumnezeu Map
ROSCI0059 Romania Dealul Perchiu Map
ROSCI0060 Romania Dealurile Agighiolului Map
ROSCI0065 Romania Delta Dunării Map
ROSCI0067 Romania Deniz Tepe Map
ROSCI0071 Romania Dumbrăveni - Valea Urluia - Lacul Vederoasa Map
ROSCI0077 Romania Fânațele Bârca Map
ROSCI0080 Romania Fânațurile de la Glodeni Map
ROSCI0081 Romania Fânețele seculare Frumoasa Map
ROSCI0082 Romania Fânețele seculare Ponoare Map
ROSCI0083 Romania Fântânița Murfatlar Map
ROSCI0103 Romania Lunca Buzăului Map
ROSCI0117 Romania Movila lui Burcel Map
ROSCI0123 Romania Munții Măcinului Map
ROSCI0139 Romania Pădurea Breana - Roșcani Map
ROSCI0149 Romania Pădurea Eseschioi - Lacul Bugeac Map
ROSCI0157 Romania Pădurea Hagieni - Cotul Văii Map
ROSCI0167 Romania Pădurea Roșcani Map
ROSCI0171 Romania Pădurea și pajiștile de la Mârzești Map
ROSCI0172 Romania Pădurea și Valea Canaraua Fetii - Iortmac Map
ROSCI0201 Romania Podișul Nord Dobrogean Map
ROSCI0202 Romania Silvostepa Olteniei Map
ROSCI0215 Romania Recifii Jurasici Cheia Map
ROSCI0265 Romania Valea lui David Map
ROSCI0272 Romania Vulcanii Noroioși de la Pâclele Mari și Pâclele Mici Map
ROSCI0278 Romania Bordușani - Borcea Map
ROSCI0286 Romania Colinele Elanului Map
ROSCI0301 Romania Bogata Map
ROSCI0335 Romania Pădurea Dobrina - Huși Map
ROSCI0340 Romania Cuiugiuc Map
ROSCI0399 Romania Suharau - Darabani Map
ROSCI0431 Romania Pajiștile dintre Șeica Mare și Veșeud Map

Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E1.2D Ponto-Sarmatic steppes narrower

Other resources

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