Herbaceous forest clearing vegetation

Description (English)

Tall forb and fern-rich as well as low-grown short-lived herblands forming seral vegetation complexes in woodland and forest clearings in various forest zones of Europe.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R57

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Sambucus ebulus
Flowering Plants Senecio sylvaticus

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
Sambucus ebulus Flowering Plants
Senecio sylvaticus Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Urtica dioica
Flowering Plants Epilobium angustifolium
Flowering Plants Galium aparine
Flowering Plants Rubus idaeus
Flowering Plants Galeopsis tetrahit
Flowering Plants Sambucus ebulus
Flowering Plants Avenella flexuosa
Flowering Plants Senecio nemorensis
Flowering Plants Fragaria vesca
Flowering Plants Geranium robertianum
Flowering Plants Calamagrostis epigejos
Flowering Plants Poa nemoralis
Flowering Plants Dactylis glomerata
Flowering Plants Agrostis capillaris
Flowering Plants Cirsium arvense
Flowering Plants Rubus fruticosus
Flowering Plants Lactuca muralis
Flowering Plants Senecio sylvaticus
Flowering Plants Elytrigia repens

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
Urtica dioica Flowering Plants
Epilobium angustifolium Flowering Plants
Galium aparine Flowering Plants
Rubus idaeus Flowering Plants
Galeopsis tetrahit Flowering Plants
Sambucus ebulus Flowering Plants
Avenella flexuosa Flowering Plants
Senecio nemorensis Flowering Plants
Fragaria vesca Flowering Plants
Geranium robertianum Flowering Plants
Calamagrostis epigejos Flowering Plants
Poa nemoralis Flowering Plants
Dactylis glomerata Flowering Plants
Agrostis capillaris Flowering Plants
Cirsium arvense Flowering Plants
Rubus fruticosus Flowering Plants
Lactuca muralis Flowering Plants
Senecio sylvaticus Flowering Plants
Elytrigia repens Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Sambucus ebulus
Flowering Plants Urtica dioica
Flowering Plants Epilobium angustifolium
Flowering Plants Calamagrostis epigejos

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
Sambucus ebulus Flowering Plants
Urtica dioica Flowering Plants
Epilobium angustifolium Flowering Plants
Calamagrostis epigejos Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) G5.84 Herbaceous clearings same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G5.84 Herbaceous clearings same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G5.84 Herbaceous clearings same
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