Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows

Description (English)

Lightly managed hay meadows and pastures on both basicline and acidocline, nutrient-rich permanently or temporarily humid soils of middle European lowlands, hills and low mountains under Atlantic or sub-Atlantic climatic conditions, from the British Isles and northwestern Iberia east to the Baltic States, the western Carpathians and Illyrian region. Among the characteristic plant components of the highly diverse communities forming this unit are Caltha palustris, Cirsium palustre, Cirsium rivulare, Cirsium oleraceum, Carduus personata, Telekia speciosa, Epilobium parviflorum, Lychnis flos-cuculi, Mentha aquatica, Scirpus sylvaticus, Stachys palustris, Bromus racemosus, Crepis paludosa, Fritillaria meleagris, Geum rivale, Polygonum bistorta, Senecio aquaticus, Trollius europaeus, Lotus uliginosus, Trifolium dubium, Equisetum palustre, Equisetum telmateia, Myosotis palustris, Deschampsia cespitosa, Angelica sylvestris, Oenanthe silaifolia, Gratiola officinalis, Inula salicina, Succisella inflexa, Dactylorhiza majalis, Ranunculus acris, Rumex acetosa, Holcus lanatus, Alopecurus pratensis, Festuca pratensis, Festuca gigantea, Juncus effusus, Juncus filiformis and Carex cespitosa.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R351

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Caltha palustris
Flowering Plants Cirsium oleraceum
Flowering Plants Cirsium palustre
Flowering Plants Cirsium rivulare
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Caltha palustris Flowering Plants
Cirsium oleraceum Flowering Plants
Cirsium palustre Flowering Plants
Cirsium rivulare Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) E3.41 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E3.41 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E3.41 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E3.41 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E3.41 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E3.42 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E2.45 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 37.21 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 37.21 Atlantic and sub-Atlantic humid meadows same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 37.21   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 37.21   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 37.21   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 37.22   same
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