Forest fringe of acidic nutrient-poor soils

Description (English)

Fringe vegetation of semi-shaded forest margins and similar situations on acidic, nutrient-poor soils in the cooler Atlantic, subatlantic and subcontinental regions of Europe, becoming rare and more species-poor in Eastern Europe. It is generally dominated by bulky grasses and tall forbs, rather species-poor, and ultimately dependent on extensive grazing or occasional mowing to prevent encroachment by shrubs and trees that threaten denser shade.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R52

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Teucrium scorodonia
Flowering Plants Holcus mollis
Flowering Plants Hypericum pulchrum
Flowering Plants Lonicera periclymenum
Flowering Plants Melampyrum pratense

Diagnostic species occur concentrated in the habitat in question, but are absent or rare in other habitats. They are good positive indicators of the habitat, but they do not need to occur in every location of the habitat.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Teucrium scorodonia Flowering Plants
Holcus mollis Flowering Plants
Hypericum pulchrum Flowering Plants
Lonicera periclymenum Flowering Plants
Melampyrum pratense Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Teucrium scorodonia
Flowering Plants Holcus mollis
Flowering Plants Avenella flexuosa
Flowering Plants Agrostis capillaris
Flowering Plants Lonicera periclymenum
Flowering Plants Melampyrum pratense
Ferns Pteridium aquilinum
Flowering Plants Solidago virgaurea
Flowering Plants Quercus robur
Flowering Plants Hedera helix
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Flowering Plants Stellaria holostea
Flowering Plants Hieracium murorum
Flowering Plants Fragaria vesca
Flowering Plants Anthoxanthum odoratum
Flowering Plants Potentilla erecta
Flowering Plants Hypericum pulchrum
Flowering Plants Dactylis glomerata
Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Viola riviniana

Constant species occur frequently in the habitat, but they may include generalist species that are also frequent in other habitats.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Teucrium scorodonia Flowering Plants
Holcus mollis Flowering Plants
Avenella flexuosa Flowering Plants
Agrostis capillaris Flowering Plants
Lonicera periclymenum Flowering Plants
Melampyrum pratense Flowering Plants
Pteridium aquilinum Ferns
Solidago virgaurea Flowering Plants
Quercus robur Flowering Plants
Hedera helix Flowering Plants
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants
Stellaria holostea Flowering Plants
Hieracium murorum Flowering Plants
Fragaria vesca Flowering Plants
Anthoxanthum odoratum Flowering Plants
Potentilla erecta Flowering Plants
Hypericum pulchrum Flowering Plants
Dactylis glomerata Flowering Plants
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Viola riviniana Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Teucrium scorodonia
Flowering Plants Holcus mollis
Flowering Plants Melampyrum pratense

Dominant species are those that often reach high cover in the habitat, thus determining the habitat physiognomy.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Teucrium scorodonia Flowering Plants
Holcus mollis Flowering Plants
Melampyrum pratense Flowering Plants

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E5.2 Thermophile woodland fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E5.22 Mesophile fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E5.2 Thermophile woodland fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E5.22 Mesophile fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E5.22 Mesophile fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E5.2 Thermophile woodland fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E5.22 Mesophile fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E5.2 Thermophile woodland fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E1.A Thermophile woodland fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E1.A2 Mesophile fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E1.122 Mesophile fringes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E1.12 Thermophile woodland fringes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 34.4 Thermophile forest fringes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 34.42 Mesophile fringes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 34.42 Mesophile fringes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 34.4 Thermophile forest fringes same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 34.4   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 34.42   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 34.4   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 34.42   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 34.42   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 34.4   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 34.42   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 34.4   same
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