Molinia caerulea meadows and related communities

English name: Purple moorgrass (Molinia) meadows and related communities

Description (English)

Humid grasslands of soils poor in nutrients, unfertilised and with a fluctuating water level, of Western Europe, south to northwestern Iberia, of Northern Europe, of Central Europe, locally of western Eastern Europe, dominated by Molinia caerulea, with Succisa pratensis, Deschampsia cespitosa, Potentilla erecta, Allium angulosum, Allium suaveolens, Stachys officinalis (Betonica officinalis), Cirsium dissectum, Cirsium tuberosum, Dianthus superbus, Trollius europaeus, Galium boreale, Gentiana asclepiadea, Gentiana pneumonanthe, Gladiolus palustris, Silaum silaus, Selinum carvifolia, Inula salicina, Iris sibirica, Laserpitium prutenicum, Lathyrus pannonicus, Tetragonolobus maritimus, Serratula tinctoria, Carex tomentosa, Carex panicea, Carex pallescens, Parnassia palustris, Ophioglossum vulgatum, Dactylorhiza maculata, Festuca arundinacea, Festuca rubra.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E3.51
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (E3.5)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Ferns Ophioglossum vulgatum
Flowering Plants Allium angulosum
Flowering Plants Allium suaveolens
Flowering Plants Betonica officinalis
Flowering Plants Carex pallescens
Flowering Plants Carex panicea
Flowering Plants Carex tomentosa
Flowering Plants Cirsium dissectum
Flowering Plants Cirsium tuberosum
Flowering Plants Dactylorhiza maculata
Flowering Plants Deschampsia cespitosa
Flowering Plants Dianthus superbus
Flowering Plants Festuca arundinacea
Flowering Plants Festuca rubra
Flowering Plants Galium boreale
Flowering Plants Gentiana asclepiadea
Flowering Plants Gentiana pneumonanthe
Flowering Plants Gladiolus palustris
Flowering Plants Inula salicina
Flowering Plants Iris sibirica
Flowering Plants Laserpitium prutenicum
Flowering Plants Lathyrus pannonicus
Flowering Plants Molinia caerulea
Flowering Plants Parnassia palustris
Flowering Plants Potentilla erecta
Flowering Plants Selinum carvifolia
Flowering Plants Serratula tinctoria
Flowering Plants Silaum silaus
Flowering Plants Stachys officinalis
Flowering Plants Succisa pratensis
Flowering Plants Tetragonolobus maritimus
Flowering Plants Trollius europaeus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Ophioglossum vulgatum Ferns
Allium angulosum Flowering Plants
Allium suaveolens Flowering Plants
Betonica officinalis Flowering Plants
Carex pallescens Flowering Plants
Carex panicea Flowering Plants
Carex tomentosa Flowering Plants
Cirsium dissectum Flowering Plants
Cirsium tuberosum Flowering Plants
Dactylorhiza maculata Flowering Plants
Deschampsia cespitosa Flowering Plants
Dianthus superbus Flowering Plants
Festuca arundinacea Flowering Plants
Festuca rubra Flowering Plants
Galium boreale Flowering Plants
Gentiana asclepiadea Flowering Plants
Gentiana pneumonanthe Flowering Plants
Gladiolus palustris Flowering Plants
Inula salicina Flowering Plants
Iris sibirica Flowering Plants
Laserpitium prutenicum Flowering Plants
Lathyrus pannonicus Flowering Plants
Molinia caerulea Flowering Plants
Parnassia palustris Flowering Plants
Potentilla erecta Flowering Plants
Selinum carvifolia Flowering Plants
Serratula tinctoria Flowering Plants
Silaum silaus Flowering Plants
Stachys officinalis Flowering Plants
Succisa pratensis Flowering Plants
Tetragonolobus maritimus Flowering Plants
Trollius europaeus Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 37.31 Purple moorgrass meadows and related communities source
CORINE Land Cover 3.2.1. Natural grassland n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 5.2.3.4 Calcareous moist meadow type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 5.2.3.5 Purple Moor grass meadow type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 5.2.3.3 Grass-Short Sedge meadow type n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 5.2.3.5a Purple Moor grass meadow type, southern variant n/a
Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats (UK) 17 Purple moor grass and rush pasture same
National Vegetation Classification (UK) M24 Molinia caerulea-Cirsium dissectum fen-meadow narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) M25 Molinia caerulea-Potentilla erecta mire narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) M26 Molinia caerulea-Crepis paludosa mire narrower
Milieux Naturels de Suisse 1998 2.3.1 Prairie à molinie same
Biotopes of the Czech Republic 2001 T1.9 STŘÍDAVĚ VLHKÉ BEZKOLENCOVÉ LOUKY (Intermittently wet Molinia meadows) narrower
Biotopes of Slovakia 1996 3522200 Bezkolencové lúky n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E3.51 Molinia caerulea meadows and related communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E3.51 Molinia caerulea meadows and related communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E3.51 Molinia caerulea meadows and related communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E3.51 Molinia caerulea meadows and related communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E3.51 Molinia caerulea meadows and related communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E2.51 Purple moorgrass meadows and related communities same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 37.31 Purple moorgrass meadows and related communities same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 37.31 Purple moorgrass meadows and related communities same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 37.31   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 37.31   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 37.31   same
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