Macaronesian inland cliff

Description (English)

Cliffs in Macaronesia away from coastal salt-spray with perennial vegetation of crevices and ledges. In some places, they are dominated by succulents, in others rich in ferns and bryophytes characteristic of shaded situations. They host several hundreds of taxa endemic to the Macaronesian archipelagoes.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code U3C
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 Rhamnus integrifolia
Flowering Plants Sedum brissemoretii
Flowering Plants Ferula latipinna
Flowering Plants Crambe tamadabensis
Flowering Plants Crambe arborea
Flowering Plants Cheirolophus satarataensis

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
Rhamnus integrifolia Flowering Plants
Sedum brissemoretii Flowering Plants
Ferula latipinna Flowering Plants
Crambe tamadabensis Flowering Plants
Crambe arborea Flowering Plants
Cheirolophus satarataensis Flowering Plants
Ferns Davallia canariensis
Ferns Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum

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
Davallia canariensis Ferns
Polypodium cambricum subsp. macaronesicum Ferns

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

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) H3.3 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
European Red List of Habitats H3.3 Macaronesian inland cliff same
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 H3.3 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 H3.3 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 H3.3 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 H3.3 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 H3.3 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 H3.?? Macaronesian inland cliffs same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 62.6 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 62.6 Macaronesian inland cliffs same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 62.6   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 62.6   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 62.6   same
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