EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > S - Heathland, scrub and tundra > S2 - Arctic, alpine and subalpine scrub > S22 - Alpine and subalpine ericoid heath > S223 - Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum - Vaccinium heaths

Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum - Vaccinium heaths

Description (English)

Dwarf heaths of alliances Loiseleurio-Vaccinion and Juncion trifidi dominated by Empetrum hermaphroditum, Empetrum nigrum and Vaccinium spp., with Arctostaphylos alpinus, Calluna vulgaris, Festuca supina, Avenula versicolor; lycopodes (Huperzia selago, Diphasiastrum alpinum), mosses (Barbilophozia lycopodioides, Hylocomium splendens, Pleurozium schreberi, Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus) and lichens (Cetraria islandica, Cladonia spp., Peltigera aphthosa) of the subalpine belt of the Alps, the Carpathians, the Dinarides, the Pyrenees, the Central Massif, the Sudeten, the Jura, the Northern Apennines, characteristic of relatively windswept, snow-free stations, in frost-exposure situations that are, however, less extreme than those prevailing where communities of unit S221 dominate. Unlike the formations of S221, those of S223 are clearly two-layered.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S223

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Ferns Diphasiastrum alpinum
Ferns Huperzia selago
Flowering Plants Arctostaphylos alpinus
Flowering Plants Avenula versicolor
Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Empetrum hermaphroditum
Flowering Plants Empetrum nigrum
Flowering Plants Festuca supina
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Diphasiastrum alpinum Ferns
Huperzia selago Ferns
Arctostaphylos alpinus Flowering Plants
Avenula versicolor Flowering Plants
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Empetrum hermaphroditum Flowering Plants
Empetrum nigrum Flowering Plants
Festuca supina Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F2.24 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum - Vaccinium heaths same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F2.24 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum - Vaccinium heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F2.24 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum - Vaccinium heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F2.24 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum - Vaccinium heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F2.24 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum - Vaccinium heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F3.24 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum-Vaccinium heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F3.24 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum-Vaccinium heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 31.44 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum-Vaccinium heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 31.44 Alpigenic high mountain Empetrum-Vaccinium heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 31.44   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 31.44   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 31.44   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 31.44   same
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