Hercynian Vaccinium heaths

English name: Hercynian Vaccinium heaths

Description (English)

Montane or submontane Calluna-Vaccinium heaths of the Hercynian ranges of northern and middle Western and Central Europe and of their surrounding regions. They mostly include secondary heaths of the beech level of the Vosges, of the Black Forest, of the Ardennes and the Eifel, of the mid-German Hercynian ranges, of the Bohemian Quadrangle, including the Erzgebirge (Metallic Mountains), the Sudeten, the Bohemian Forest (Sumava) and the Czecho-Moravian Hills, of the Massif Central and, locally, the Morvan, with Calluna vulgaris, Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Vaccinium uliginosum and montane lycopodes (Diphasiastrum spp.). They also comprise partly primary and sometimes threatened local formations of extrasylvatic areas, in particular the Calluna vulgaris heaths enclaved in alpine and subalpine Pinus mugo scrub and acidophilous grassland complexes of the high slopes and plateaux of the Giant Mountains (Sudeten), or the Calluna vulgaris, Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium vitis-idaea heaths of the Brocken summit in the Harz with Anemone micrantha and Hieracium alpinum.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code F4.213
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (F4.2)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Hieracium alpinum
Conifers Pinus mugo
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Flowering Plants Vaccinium uliginosum
Flowering Plants Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Hieracium alpinum Flowering Plants
Pinus mugo Conifers
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants
Vaccinium uliginosum Flowering Plants
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 31.213 Hercynian Vaccinium heaths source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F4.213 Hercynian Vaccinium heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F4.213 Hercynian Vaccinium heaths same
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