Icelandic Carex bigelowii fens

English name: Icelandic stiff sedge fens

Description (English)

Rich fen Carex bigelowii-dominated communities of the lower alpine level of Iceland, descending, in the north, into the lowlands, occupying level substrates subjected to water movement and fluctuating moisture, with a consequently variable vegetation; mosses play a major role. The species cortège may include Carex capillaris, Carex dioica, Carex nigra, Carex rariflora, Eriophorum angustifolium, Calamagrostis stricta, Festuca rubra s.l., Phleum alpinum, Polygonum vivipara, Saxifraga hirculus, Salix callicarpaea (Salix arctica), Salix herbacea, Vaccinium uliginosum, Thalictrum alpinum, Equisetum palustre, Equisetum arvense, Equisetum variegatum.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D4.1J
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (D4.1)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calamagrostis stricta
Flowering Plants Carex bigelowii
Flowering Plants Carex capillaris
Flowering Plants Carex dioica
Flowering Plants Carex nigra
Flowering Plants Carex rariflora
Ferns Equisetum arvense
Ferns Equisetum palustre
Ferns Equisetum variegatum
Flowering Plants Eriophorum angustifolium
Flowering Plants Festuca rubra
Flowering Plants Phleum alpinum
Flowering Plants Salix arctica
Flowering Plants Salix callicarpaea
Flowering Plants Salix herbacea
Flowering Plants Saxifraga hirculus
Flowering Plants Thalictrum alpinum
Flowering Plants Vaccinium uliginosum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calamagrostis stricta Flowering Plants
Carex bigelowii Flowering Plants
Carex capillaris Flowering Plants
Carex dioica Flowering Plants
Carex nigra Flowering Plants
Carex rariflora Flowering Plants
Equisetum arvense Ferns
Equisetum palustre Ferns
Equisetum variegatum Ferns
Eriophorum angustifolium Flowering Plants
Festuca rubra Flowering Plants
Phleum alpinum Flowering Plants
Salix arctica Flowering Plants
Salix callicarpaea Flowering Plants
Salix herbacea Flowering Plants
Saxifraga hirculus Flowering Plants
Thalictrum alpinum Flowering Plants
Vaccinium uliginosum Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.2J Icelandic stiff sedge fens source
CORINE Land Cover 4.1.1. Inland marshes n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 3.3.2.3a Stiff sedge variant n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 D4.1J Icelandic Carex bigelowii fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D4.1J Icelandic Carex bigelowii fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 D4.1J Icelandic Carex bigelowii fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 D4.1J Icelandic Carex bigelowii fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 D4.1J Icelandic Carex bigelowii fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 D4.1J Icelandic stiff sedge fens same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 54.2J Icelandic stiff sedge fens same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 54.2J Icelandic stiff sedge fens same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 54.2J   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 54.2J   same
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