Carex rostrata alkaline fens

English name: Bottle sedge alkaline fens

Description (English)

Alkaline fen communities dominated by Carex rostrata, accompanied by a carpet of brown mosses, sometimes with basicline sphagna, and few vascular plants other than sedges, occupying very wet sites in rich fen complexes; these communities, which grade into transition mire communities of unit D2.3, or into tall sedge communities of units D5.2141 or D5.2125, are best characterised in the Fennoscandian mountains, although they can be individualised in other fen systems, in particular, in upland Britain. Accompanying species include Carex aquatilis, Carex juncella, Carex rotundata, Eriophorum angustifolium, Viola epipsila, and small willows, notably Salix lapponum, Salix glauca.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D4.1C
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (D4.1)
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 aquatilis
Flowering Plants Carex juncella
Flowering Plants Carex rostrata
Flowering Plants Carex rotundata
Flowering Plants Eriophorum angustifolium
Flowering Plants Salix glauca
Flowering Plants Salix lapponum
Flowering Plants Viola epipsila
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carex aquatilis Flowering Plants
Carex juncella Flowering Plants
Carex rostrata Flowering Plants
Carex rotundata Flowering Plants
Eriophorum angustifolium Flowering Plants
Salix glauca Flowering Plants
Salix lapponum Flowering Plants
Viola epipsila Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.2C Bottle sedge alkaline fens source
CORINE Land Cover 4.1.1. Inland marshes n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 3.3.2.5 Tall sedge-Brown moss type n/a
Milieux Naturels de Suisse 1998 2.2.3 Parvocariçaie neutro-basophile wider
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 D4.1C Carex rostrata alkaline fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D4.1C Carex rostrata alkaline fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 D4.1C Carex rostrata alkaline fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 D4.1C Carex rostrata alkaline fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 D4.1C Carex rostrata alkaline fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 D4.1C Bottle sedge alkaline fens same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 54.2C Bottle sedge alkaline fens same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 54.2C Bottle sedge alkaline fens same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 54.2C   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 54.2C   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 54.2C   same
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