Madeiran xerophytic scrub

Description (English)

Diverse scrub of sclerophyllous shrubs, small trees and succulent herbs on usually thin soils of rocky outcrops, cliffs and abandoned fields in the arid lowlands of Madeira.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S82

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Maytenus umbellata
Ferns Davallia canariensis
Flowering Plants Euphorbia mellifera
Flowering Plants Opuntia tuna
Flowering Plants Sinapidendron gymnocalyx
Flowering Plants Crambe fruticosa
Flowering Plants Asparagus umbellatus

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
Maytenus umbellata Flowering Plants
Davallia canariensis Ferns
Euphorbia mellifera Flowering Plants
Opuntia tuna Flowering Plants
Sinapidendron gymnocalyx Flowering Plants
Crambe fruticosa Flowering Plants
Asparagus umbellatus Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Maytenus umbellata
Ferns Davallia canariensis
Flowering Plants Bituminaria bituminosa
Flowering Plants Hedera helix
Flowering Plants Euphorbia mellifera
Flowering Plants Asparagus umbellatus
Flowering Plants Smilax aspera
Flowering Plants Rubus ulmifolius

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
Maytenus umbellata Flowering Plants
Davallia canariensis Ferns
Bituminaria bituminosa Flowering Plants
Hedera helix Flowering Plants
Euphorbia mellifera Flowering Plants
Asparagus umbellatus Flowering Plants
Smilax aspera Flowering Plants
Rubus ulmifolius Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Euphorbia mellifera

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 mellifera Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F8.2 Madeiran xerophytic scrub same
European Red List of Habitats F8.2 Madeirean 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 F8.2 Madeiran xerophytic scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F8.2 Madeiran xerophytic habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 F8.2 Madeiran xerophytic habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 F8.2 Madeiran xerophytic habitats same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 F7.2 Madeiran xerophytic habitats same
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