Northern boreal alluvial meadows

Description (English)

Meadows along large rivers with placid river sections which are frozen every winter, are affected by flooding in spring. The traditional management as hay meadows has usually ceased. They are not yet severely overgrown with trees and bushes. Distributed in Finland, Sweden. Includes several vegetation types which vary according to the moisture (flooding) gradient: alluvial meadows dominated by Equisetum fluviatile, Carex acuta, Carex aquatilis, Calamagrostis, Phalaris, Deschampsia cespitosa, or tall-herbs, and dry alluvial meadows. Other species: Convallaria majalis, Elymus fibrosus, Elymus mutabilis, Festuca ovina, Galium boreale, Molinia caerulea, Nardus stricta, Salix triandra, Solidago virgaurea, Thalictrum simplex ssp. boreale and Trollius europaeus.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R356

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Carex acuta
Flowering Plants Carex aquatilis
Flowering Plants Convallaria majalis
Flowering Plants Deschampsia cespitosa
Flowering Plants Elymus fibrosus
Flowering Plants Elymus mutabilis
Flowering Plants Festuca ovina
Flowering Plants Galium boreale
Flowering Plants Molinia caerulea
Flowering Plants Nardus stricta
Flowering Plants Salix triandra
Flowering Plants Solidago virgaurea
Flowering Plants Thalictrum simplex
Flowering Plants Trollius europaeus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carex acuta Flowering Plants
Carex aquatilis Flowering Plants
Convallaria majalis Flowering Plants
Deschampsia cespitosa Flowering Plants
Elymus fibrosus Flowering Plants
Elymus mutabilis Flowering Plants
Festuca ovina Flowering Plants
Galium boreale Flowering Plants
Molinia caerulea Flowering Plants
Nardus stricta Flowering Plants
Salix triandra Flowering Plants
Solidago virgaurea Flowering Plants
Thalictrum simplex Flowering Plants
Trollius europaeus Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) E3.47 Northern boreal alluvial meadows same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E3.47 Northern boreal alluvial meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E3.47 Northern boreal alluvial meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E3.47 Northern boreal alluvial meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E3.47 Northern boreal alluvial meadows same
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