Continental humid meadows

Description (English)

Meadows of moderately to very nutrient-rich, alluvial or fertilised, non-saline, wet or damp soils in the steppe and wooded steppe zones of Eurasia and their areas of influence. They are widespread in southeastern Central Europe, in Eastern Europe and southern Siberia, extending west to the Pannonic plain and to areas of Pannonic or Pontic influence in southern Moravia, sub-Carpathian hills and the Balkans. Depending on the degree of wetness and substrate type dominants in wet sites are Molinia caerulea or Carex gracilis; physiognomy of hygromesophile meadows is formed especially by Deschampsia cespitosa, Juncus inflexus and Mentha longifolia; in mesophile and moderately moist conditions on alluvial sediments Agropyron repens or Festuca pratensis dominate.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R355

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Agropyron repens
Flowering Plants Deschampsia cespitosa
Flowering Plants Juncus inflexus
Flowering Plants Mentha longifolia
Flowering Plants Molinia caerulea
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Agropyron repens Flowering Plants
Deschampsia cespitosa Flowering Plants
Juncus inflexus Flowering Plants
Mentha longifolia Flowering Plants
Molinia caerulea Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) E3.46 Continental humid meadows same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E3.46 Continental humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E3.46 Continental humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E3.46 Continental humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E3.46 Continental humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E3.47 Continental humid meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E2.4A Continental humid meadows same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 37.26 Continental humid meadows same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 37.26 Continental humid meadows same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 37.26   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 37.26   same
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