Semi-desert salt pan

Description (English)

Azonal, mosaic habitat of halophytic chenopod scrub and saline grassland in the semi-desert zones of South-Eastern Europe. Vegetation is a combination of open annual and perennial halophytic communities and more closed grassland. It occurs on solonchak soils, in poorly drained, saline or hypersaline depressions and on shores of rivers and lakes.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R64

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Limonium suffruticosum
Flowering Plants Halocnemum strobilaceum
Flowering Plants Halimione verrucifera
Flowering Plants Artemisia nitrosa
Flowering Plants Limonium gmelinii
Flowering Plants Puccinellia dolicholepis
Flowering Plants Kalidium caspicum
Flowering Plants Ofaiston monandrum
Flowering Plants Petrosimonia litwinowii
Flowering Plants Atriplex aucheri
Flowering Plants Petrosimonia oppositifolia
Flowering Plants Salsola nitraria

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
Limonium suffruticosum Flowering Plants
Halocnemum strobilaceum Flowering Plants
Halimione verrucifera Flowering Plants
Artemisia nitrosa Flowering Plants
Limonium gmelinii Flowering Plants
Puccinellia dolicholepis Flowering Plants
Kalidium caspicum Flowering Plants
Ofaiston monandrum Flowering Plants
Petrosimonia litwinowii Flowering Plants
Atriplex aucheri Flowering Plants
Petrosimonia oppositifolia Flowering Plants
Salsola nitraria Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Halimione verrucifera
Flowering Plants Eremopyrum triticeum
Flowering Plants Limonium suffruticosum
Flowering Plants Limonium gmelinii
Flowering Plants Halocnemum strobilaceum
Flowering Plants Eremopyrum orientale
Flowering Plants Artemisia santonicum
Flowering Plants Atriplex aucheri
Flowering Plants Descurainia sophia
Flowering Plants Poa bulbosa
Flowering Plants Petrosimonia oppositifolia
Flowering Plants Camphorosma monspeliaca
Flowering Plants Artemisia nitrosa
Flowering Plants Puccinellia dolicholepis

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
Halimione verrucifera Flowering Plants
Eremopyrum triticeum Flowering Plants
Limonium suffruticosum Flowering Plants
Limonium gmelinii Flowering Plants
Halocnemum strobilaceum Flowering Plants
Eremopyrum orientale Flowering Plants
Artemisia santonicum Flowering Plants
Atriplex aucheri Flowering Plants
Descurainia sophia Flowering Plants
Poa bulbosa Flowering Plants
Petrosimonia oppositifolia Flowering Plants
Camphorosma monspeliaca Flowering Plants
Artemisia nitrosa Flowering Plants
Puccinellia dolicholepis Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Halocnemum strobilaceum
Flowering Plants Halimione verrucifera

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
Halocnemum strobilaceum Flowering Plants
Halimione verrucifera Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Not available For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

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