Low steppic scrub

Description (English)

Low scrub, dominated by various, often clonal, shrubs frequently forming patches in locally mesic and sheltered situations within the dry grasslands of the steppe zone of Central and Eastern Europe. It can form a persistent natural landscape element or develop after the abandonment of pasturing.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S36
Relation to Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Prunus fruticosa
Flowering Plants Prunus tenella
Flowering Plants Caragana frutex
Flowering Plants Phlomis tuberosa
Flowering Plants Spiraea media
Flowering Plants Elytrigia intermedia
Flowering Plants Salvia nemorosa
Flowering Plants Achillea pannonica
Flowering Plants Vinca herbacea
Flowering Plants Fragaria viridis
Flowering Plants Cytisus graniticus
Flowering Plants Adonis vernalis
Flowering Plants Falcaria vulgaris
Flowering Plants Bromopsis inermis
Flowering Plants Thalictrum minus
Flowering Plants Salvia dumetorum
Flowering Plants Festuca valesiaca
Flowering Plants Veronica spicata
Flowering Plants Spiraea crenata
Flowering Plants Galium glaucum

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
Prunus fruticosa Flowering Plants
Prunus tenella Flowering Plants
Caragana frutex Flowering Plants
Phlomis tuberosa Flowering Plants
Spiraea media Flowering Plants
Elytrigia intermedia Flowering Plants
Salvia nemorosa Flowering Plants
Achillea pannonica Flowering Plants
Vinca herbacea Flowering Plants
Fragaria viridis Flowering Plants
Cytisus graniticus Flowering Plants
Adonis vernalis Flowering Plants
Falcaria vulgaris Flowering Plants
Bromopsis inermis Flowering Plants
Thalictrum minus Flowering Plants
Salvia dumetorum Flowering Plants
Festuca valesiaca Flowering Plants
Veronica spicata Flowering Plants
Spiraea crenata Flowering Plants
Galium glaucum Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Poa pratensis
Flowering Plants Festuca valesiaca
Flowering Plants Galium verum
Flowering Plants Teucrium chamaedrys
Flowering Plants Stachys recta
Flowering Plants Prunus tenella
Flowering Plants Prunus fruticosa
Flowering Plants Medicago falcata
Flowering Plants Thalictrum minus
Flowering Plants Elytrigia intermedia
Flowering Plants Caragana frutex
Flowering Plants Fragaria viridis
Flowering Plants Elytrigia repens
Flowering Plants Salvia nemorosa
Flowering Plants Achillea millefolium
Flowering Plants Falcaria vulgaris
Flowering Plants Eryngium campestre
Flowering Plants Stipa capillata
Flowering Plants Phlomis tuberosa
Flowering Plants Filipendula vulgaris

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
Poa pratensis Flowering Plants
Festuca valesiaca Flowering Plants
Galium verum Flowering Plants
Teucrium chamaedrys Flowering Plants
Stachys recta Flowering Plants
Prunus tenella Flowering Plants
Prunus fruticosa Flowering Plants
Medicago falcata Flowering Plants
Thalictrum minus Flowering Plants
Elytrigia intermedia Flowering Plants
Caragana frutex Flowering Plants
Fragaria viridis Flowering Plants
Elytrigia repens Flowering Plants
Salvia nemorosa Flowering Plants
Achillea millefolium Flowering Plants
Falcaria vulgaris Flowering Plants
Eryngium campestre Flowering Plants
Stipa capillata Flowering Plants
Phlomis tuberosa Flowering Plants
Filipendula vulgaris Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Prunus tenella
Flowering Plants Prunus fruticosa
Flowering Plants Caragana frutex
Flowering Plants Spiraea media
Flowering Plants Cytisus ruthenicus

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
Prunus tenella Flowering Plants
Prunus fruticosa Flowering Plants
Caragana frutex Flowering Plants
Spiraea media Flowering Plants
Cytisus ruthenicus Flowering Plants

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F3.2 Submediterranean deciduous thickets and brushes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F3.2 Mediterraneo-montane broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F3.2 Mediterraneo-montane broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F3.1 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F3.2 Mediterraneo-montane broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F1.3 Temperate thickets and scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F2.5 Sub-mediterranean broadleaved deciduous thickets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F1.3 Thorn-thickets, hedgerows and lowland scrub same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 31.8 Western Eurasian thickets same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 31.8 Western Eurasian thickets same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 31.8   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 31.8   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 31.8   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 31.8   same
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