EUNIS habitat classification 2017 > S - Heathland, scrub and tundra > S6 - Garrigue > S68 - Semi-desert sand dune with sparse scrub

Semi-desert sand dune with sparse scrub

Description (English)

Open perenhnial vegetation of halophytic shrubs, e.g. Artemisia spp., Haloxylon spp., Salsola spp. and Tamarix spp., and annuals on wind-blown drifting or stabilised dunes and sandy soils in the semi-desert region of the Caspian lowlands. If overgrazed, this habitat can change into shifting dunes (barkhans) devoid of vegetation.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S68

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Eremopyrum triticeum
Flowering Plants Alyssum turkestanicum
Flowering Plants Artemisia arenaria
Flowering Plants Artemisia austriaca
Flowering Plants Amaranthus albus
Flowering Plants Linaria odora
Flowering Plants Carex stenophylla
Flowering Plants Tragopogon podolicus
Flowering Plants Centaurea gerberi
Flowering Plants Agropyron tanaiticum
Flowering Plants Cytisus borysthenicus
Flowering Plants Atriplex tatarica
Flowering Plants Tragopogon tanaiticus
Flowering Plants Carduus uncinatus
Flowering Plants Ceratocarpus arenarius
Flowering Plants Asperula graveolens
Flowering Plants Euphorbia esula
Flowering Plants Ceratocephala falcata

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
Eremopyrum triticeum Flowering Plants
Alyssum turkestanicum Flowering Plants
Artemisia arenaria Flowering Plants
Artemisia austriaca Flowering Plants
Amaranthus albus Flowering Plants
Linaria odora Flowering Plants
Carex stenophylla Flowering Plants
Tragopogon podolicus Flowering Plants
Centaurea gerberi Flowering Plants
Agropyron tanaiticum Flowering Plants
Cytisus borysthenicus Flowering Plants
Atriplex tatarica Flowering Plants
Tragopogon tanaiticus Flowering Plants
Carduus uncinatus Flowering Plants
Ceratocarpus arenarius Flowering Plants
Asperula graveolens Flowering Plants
Euphorbia esula Flowering Plants
Ceratocephala falcata Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Eremopyrum triticeum
Flowering Plants Alyssum turkestanicum
Flowering Plants Artemisia austriaca
Flowering Plants Convolvulus arvensis
Flowering Plants Poa bulbosa
Flowering Plants Elytrigia repens
Flowering Plants Artemisia arenaria
Flowering Plants Anisantha tectorum
Flowering Plants Polygonum aviculare
Flowering Plants Bromus squarrosus
Flowering Plants Atriplex tatarica
Flowering Plants Salsola kali
Flowering Plants Euphorbia esula
Flowering Plants Descurainia sophia
Flowering Plants Ceratocarpus arenarius
Flowering Plants Carex stenophylla
Flowering Plants Amaranthus albus
Flowering Plants Chenopodium album

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
Eremopyrum triticeum Flowering Plants
Alyssum turkestanicum Flowering Plants
Artemisia austriaca Flowering Plants
Convolvulus arvensis Flowering Plants
Poa bulbosa Flowering Plants
Elytrigia repens Flowering Plants
Artemisia arenaria Flowering Plants
Anisantha tectorum Flowering Plants
Polygonum aviculare Flowering Plants
Bromus squarrosus Flowering Plants
Atriplex tatarica Flowering Plants
Salsola kali Flowering Plants
Euphorbia esula Flowering Plants
Descurainia sophia Flowering Plants
Ceratocarpus arenarius Flowering Plants
Carex stenophylla Flowering Plants
Amaranthus albus Flowering Plants
Chenopodium album Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Leymus racemosus
Flowering Plants Ceratocarpus arenarius
Flowering Plants Artemisia taurica
Flowering Plants Artemisia arenaria

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
Leymus racemosus Flowering Plants
Ceratocarpus arenarius Flowering Plants
Artemisia taurica Flowering Plants
Artemisia arenaria Flowering Plants

Other classifications

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

History

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