Alpine cushion sedge carpets

Description (English)

Open formations of the alpine level of the southeastern Alps, and, to a lesser extent, of the northeastern Alps, composed of cushions of Carex firma and other low-growing rosette or cushion plants among which Saxifraga caesia, Gentiana clusii, Gentiana froelichii, Gentiana terglouensis, Crepis jacquinii, Pedicularis rosea, Saussurea pygmaea, Dianthus monspessulanus ssp. sternbergii, Primula wulfeniana, Chamorchis alpina, Sesleria albicans, Carex mucronata, sometimes in association with mats of Dryas octopetala.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R44331

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Carex firma
Flowering Plants Dryas octopetala
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carex firma Flowering Plants
Dryas octopetala Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) E4.4331 Alpine cushion sedge carpets same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E4.4331 Alpine cushion sedge carpets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E4.4331 Alpine cushion sedge carpets same
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