Canarian xerophytic scrub

Description (English)

Open scrub dominated by succulent and sclerophyllous shrubs on rocky substrates with skeletal soils in the arid lowlands and on deeper soils in the moist foothills of the Canary Islands.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S81

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Euphorbia canariensis
Conifers Euphorbia balsamifera
Flowering Plants Euphorbia regis-jubae
Flowering Plants Cenchrus ciliaris
Flowering Plants Aristida adscensionis
Flowering Plants Launaea arborescens
Flowering Plants Lycium afrum
Flowering Plants Fagonia cretica
Flowering Plants Asparagus pastorianus

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
Euphorbia canariensis Flowering Plants
Euphorbia balsamifera Conifers
Euphorbia regis-jubae Flowering Plants
Cenchrus ciliaris Flowering Plants
Aristida adscensionis Flowering Plants
Launaea arborescens Flowering Plants
Lycium afrum Flowering Plants
Fagonia cretica Flowering Plants
Asparagus pastorianus Flowering Plants
Conifers Euphorbia balsamifera
Flowering Plants Euphorbia regis-jubae
Flowering Plants Launaea arborescens
Flowering Plants Hyparrhenia hirta
Flowering Plants Euphorbia canariensis
Flowering Plants Periploca angustifolia
Flowering Plants Lycium intricatum
Flowering Plants Cenchrus ciliaris
Flowering Plants Aristida adscensionis
Flowering Plants Fagonia cretica
Flowering Plants Rumex lunaria

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
Euphorbia balsamifera Conifers
Euphorbia regis-jubae Flowering Plants
Launaea arborescens Flowering Plants
Hyparrhenia hirta Flowering Plants
Euphorbia canariensis Flowering Plants
Periploca angustifolia Flowering Plants
Lycium intricatum Flowering Plants
Cenchrus ciliaris Flowering Plants
Aristida adscensionis Flowering Plants
Fagonia cretica Flowering Plants
Rumex lunaria Flowering Plants
Conifers Euphorbia balsamifera
Flowering Plants Euphorbia canariensis
Flowering Plants Euphorbia regis-jubae

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
Euphorbia balsamifera Conifers
Euphorbia canariensis Flowering Plants
Euphorbia regis-jubae Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F8.1 Canary Island xerophytic scrub same
European Red List of Habitats F8.1 Canarian xerophytic scrub same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F8.1 Canary Island xerophytic scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F8.1 Canarian xerophytic habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F8.1 Canarian xerophytic habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F8.1 Canarian xerophytic habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F7.1 Canarian xerophytic habitats same
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