Eastern Mediterranean mountain hedgehog-heath

Description (English)

Heath of often spiny hedgehog sub-shrubs on mostly base-rich soils in dry mountains of the supra- and oromediterranean belts of the eastern Mediterranean. Downslope expansion below the timberline can follow clearance and grazing.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S75
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 Astragalus angustifolius
Flowering Plants Marrubium velutinum
Flowering Plants Cerastium candidissimum
Flowering Plants Prunus prostrata
Flowering Plants Daphne oleoides
Flowering Plants Carduus tmoleus
Flowering Plants Aubrieta deltoidea
Flowering Plants Cirsium hypopsilum
Flowering Plants Berberis cretica
Flowering Plants Poa thessala
Flowering Plants Galium thymifolium
Flowering Plants Ptilostemon afer
Flowering Plants Minuartia attica
Flowering Plants Eryngium amethystinum
Flowering Plants Festuca varia
Flowering Plants Sesleria vaginalis
Flowering Plants Galium incanum

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
Astragalus angustifolius Flowering Plants
Marrubium velutinum Flowering Plants
Cerastium candidissimum Flowering Plants
Prunus prostrata Flowering Plants
Daphne oleoides Flowering Plants
Carduus tmoleus Flowering Plants
Aubrieta deltoidea Flowering Plants
Cirsium hypopsilum Flowering Plants
Berberis cretica Flowering Plants
Poa thessala Flowering Plants
Galium thymifolium Flowering Plants
Ptilostemon afer Flowering Plants
Minuartia attica Flowering Plants
Eryngium amethystinum Flowering Plants
Festuca varia Flowering Plants
Sesleria vaginalis Flowering Plants
Galium incanum Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Astragalus angustifolius
Flowering Plants Daphne oleoides
Flowering Plants Dactylis glomerata
Flowering Plants Eryngium amethystinum
Flowering Plants Marrubium velutinum
Flowering Plants Festuca varia
Flowering Plants Carduus tmoleus
Flowering Plants Prunus prostrata
Flowering Plants Clinopodium alpinum
Flowering Plants Melica ciliata
Flowering Plants Cerastium candidissimum
Flowering Plants Poa thessala
Flowering Plants Cerastium brachypetalum
Flowering Plants Berberis cretica
Flowering Plants Poa bulbosa
Flowering Plants Campanula spatulata
Flowering Plants Minuartia attica

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
Astragalus angustifolius Flowering Plants
Daphne oleoides Flowering Plants
Dactylis glomerata Flowering Plants
Eryngium amethystinum Flowering Plants
Marrubium velutinum Flowering Plants
Festuca varia Flowering Plants
Carduus tmoleus Flowering Plants
Prunus prostrata Flowering Plants
Clinopodium alpinum Flowering Plants
Melica ciliata Flowering Plants
Cerastium candidissimum Flowering Plants
Poa thessala Flowering Plants
Cerastium brachypetalum Flowering Plants
Berberis cretica Flowering Plants
Poa bulbosa Flowering Plants
Campanula spatulata Flowering Plants
Minuartia attica Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Astragalus angustifolius
Flowering Plants Berberis cretica

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
Astragalus angustifolius Flowering Plants
Berberis cretica Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F7.4 Hedgehog-heaths narrower
European Red List of Habitats F7.4c Eastern Mediterranean mountain hedgehog-heath same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F7.4 Hedgehog-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F7.4 Hedgehog-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F7.4 Hedgehog-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F7.4 Hedgehog-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F6.4 Hedgehog-heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 F5.4 Hedgehog-heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 31.7 Hedgehog-heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 31.7 Hedgehog-heaths same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 31.7   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 31.7   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 31.7   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 31.7   same
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