Macaronesian thermophilous forest fringe

Description (English)

Perennial herbaceous communities of the warm half-shade of forest fringes and clearings of Macaronesian laurel forests in the Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores. It is found as sunnier micro-sites in or along humid woodland edges but is dependent on forest litter producing somewhat mesotrophic conditions.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R53

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Ranunculus cortusifolius
Flowering Plants Helichrysum gossypinum
Ferns Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum
Flowering Plants Pericallis malvifolia
Flowering Plants Musschia wollastonii
Flowering Plants Melanoselinum decipiens

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
Ranunculus cortusifolius Flowering Plants
Helichrysum gossypinum Flowering Plants
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum Ferns
Pericallis malvifolia Flowering Plants
Musschia wollastonii Flowering Plants
Melanoselinum decipiens Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Ranunculus cortusifolius
Ferns Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum
Flowering Plants Helichrysum gossypinum
Flowering Plants Euphorbia regis-jubae
Ferns Davallia canariensis

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
Ranunculus cortusifolius Flowering Plants
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum Ferns
Helichrysum gossypinum Flowering Plants
Euphorbia regis-jubae Flowering Plants
Davallia canariensis Ferns
Ferns Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum
Flowering Plants Helichrysum gossypinum
Flowering Plants Sideritis syriaca
Flowering Plants Salix canariensis
Flowering Plants Ranunculus cortusifolius
Flowering Plants Pericallis malvifolia
Flowering Plants Origanum vulgare
Flowering Plants Echium handiense

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
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum Ferns
Helichrysum gossypinum Flowering Plants
Sideritis syriaca Flowering Plants
Salix canariensis Flowering Plants
Ranunculus cortusifolius Flowering Plants
Pericallis malvifolia Flowering Plants
Origanum vulgare Flowering Plants
Echium handiense Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) E5.2 Thermophile woodland fringes narrower
European Red List of Habitats E5.2c Macaronesian thermophilous woodland fringe same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

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