West European tall herb ash-alder forests

Description (English)

Alnus glutinosa or Fraxinus excelsior-Alnus glutinosa-Ulmus riparian woods on eutrophic, moist soils of alluvial terraces, levees and floodplains of the lower courses of rivers of Atlantic and sub-Atlantic regions of the British Isles and the western seaboard of the European mainland, with Salix cinerea and Urtica dioica, often rich in tall herbs, in particular Cirsium oleraceum, Eupatorium cannabinum, Epilobium hirsutum, Dipsacus pilosus, Symphytum officinale, Aconitum napellus and creepers Humulus lupulus, Solanum dulcamara, Calystegia sepium; Ribes rubrum, Iris pseudacorus, Equisetum telmateia, Equisetum fluviatile are locally characteristic; tall sedges, in particular Carex acutiformis and Carex paniculata dominate some of the wettest communities. Typical sub-communities of British Alnus glutinosa-Urtica dioica woodland are included, as are drier Sambucus nigra sub-communities in situations where they are adjacent. Formations of this unit are now rare, having for the most part been replaced by poplar plantations.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code T12132

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

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Species mentioned in habitat description

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Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) G1.2132 West European tall herb ash-alder woods same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G1.2132 West European tall herb ash-alder woods same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G1.2132 West European tall herb ash-alder woods same
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