Atlantic saltmarsh driftlines

Description (English)

Driftline communities with annual nitrophilous plant species along and inside Atlantic salt marshes, often with a linear structure in the upper zone incidentally or regularly flooded by high tides. Species composition indicates both high nutrient content and saline conditions.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code MA221
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 Atriplex littoralis
Flowering Plants Atriplex prostrata
Flowering Plants Artemisia maritima
Flowering Plants Elytrigia atherica
Flowering Plants Rumex crispus
Flowering Plants Sonchus arvensis

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
Atriplex littoralis Flowering Plants
Atriplex prostrata Flowering Plants
Artemisia maritima Flowering Plants
Elytrigia atherica Flowering Plants
Rumex crispus Flowering Plants
Sonchus arvensis Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Atriplex prostrata
Flowering Plants Atriplex littoralis
Flowering Plants Rumex crispus
Flowering Plants Agrostis stolonifera
Flowering Plants Elytrigia atherica
Flowering Plants Sonchus arvensis
Flowering Plants Tripolium pannonicum
Flowering Plants Cirsium arvense
Flowering Plants Artemisia maritima
Flowering Plants Bolboschoenus maritimus
Flowering Plants Senecio vulgaris
Flowering Plants Phragmites australis

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
Atriplex prostrata Flowering Plants
Atriplex littoralis Flowering Plants
Rumex crispus Flowering Plants
Agrostis stolonifera Flowering Plants
Elytrigia atherica Flowering Plants
Sonchus arvensis Flowering Plants
Tripolium pannonicum Flowering Plants
Cirsium arvense Flowering Plants
Artemisia maritima Flowering Plants
Bolboschoenus maritimus Flowering Plants
Senecio vulgaris Flowering Plants
Phragmites australis Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Atriplex littoralis
Flowering Plants Elytrigia atherica

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
Atriplex littoralis Flowering Plants
Elytrigia atherica Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) A2.51 Saltmarsh driftlines narrower
European Red List of Habitats RLA2.5c Atlantic coastal salt marsh narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.51 Saltmarsh driftlines same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.61 Saltmarsh driftlines same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.61 Saltmarsh driftlines same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.61 Saltmarsh driftlines same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A2.65 Saltmarsh drift-lines same
MNCR BioMar 97.06 (Britain & Ireland) LMU.Smdr Saltmarsh (drift-line) same
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