Cantabrian thrift swards

Description (English)

Chionophilous grasslands of deep soils, somewhat decalcified at the surface, of the subalpine, and locally of the alpine or upper montane, levels of the calcareous Cantabrian Mountains, dominated by Armeria cantabrica, Carex sempervirens, Festuca glacialis or Festuca gautieri, associated with Sesleria albicans, Poa alpina, Poa minor, Festuca burnatii, Bellardiochloa violacea, Agrostis schleicheri, and with Anemone baldensis ssp. pavoniana, Aquilegia pyrenaica ssp. discolor, Jasione cavanillesii, Pedicularis pyrenaica ssp. fallax, Draba aizoides ssp. cantabriae, Pimpinella siifolia, Oxytropis pyrenaica, Oxytropis halleri.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R4415

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Agrostis schleicheri
Flowering Plants Anemone baldensis
Flowering Plants Armeria cantabrica
Flowering Plants Bellardiochloa violacea
Flowering Plants Carex sempervirens
Flowering Plants Festuca burnatii
Flowering Plants Festuca gautieri
Flowering Plants Festuca glacialis
Flowering Plants Poa alpina
Flowering Plants Poa minor
Flowering Plants Sesleria albicans
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Agrostis schleicheri Flowering Plants
Anemone baldensis Flowering Plants
Armeria cantabrica Flowering Plants
Bellardiochloa violacea Flowering Plants
Carex sempervirens Flowering Plants
Festuca burnatii Flowering Plants
Festuca gautieri Flowering Plants
Festuca glacialis Flowering Plants
Poa alpina Flowering Plants
Poa minor Flowering Plants
Sesleria albicans Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) E4.415 Cantabrian thrift swards same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E4.415 Cantabrian thrift swards same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E4.415 Cantabrian thrift swards same
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