Snow grass snowbed communities

English name: Snow grass snowbed communities

Description (English)

Sparse communities of the alpine level of northern boreal and arcto-alpine mountains of Scandinavia and of Iceland dominated by the grass Phippsia algida, with, notably, Salix herbacea, Cerastium arcticum, Cerastium cerastoides, Oxyria digyna, Ranunculus glacialis, Ranunculus nivalis, Ranunculus pygmaeus, Saxifraga cernua, Saxifraga oppositifolia, Saxifraga rivularis, Saxifraga stellaris, Saxifraga tenuis, Carex lachenalii, Juncus biglumis, Poa alpina f. vivipara, Deschampsia alpina, Sagina saginoides, with a fragmentary moss cover and no lichens, located on gravelly, sandy, sometimes totally waterlogged soils, calcareous in Scandinavia, with prolonged snow-cover. Snow grass communities frequently occur as pioneer vegetation on small surfaces, very common in the central part of southern Norway and in Sweden from Jamtland northwards.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E4.124
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (E4.12)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Carex lachenalii
Flowering Plants Cerastium arcticum
Flowering Plants Cerastium cerastoides
Flowering Plants Deschampsia alpina
Flowering Plants Juncus biglumis
Flowering Plants Oxyria digyna
Flowering Plants Phippsia algida
Flowering Plants Ranunculus glacialis
Flowering Plants Ranunculus nivalis
Flowering Plants Ranunculus pygmaeus
Flowering Plants Sagina saginoides
Flowering Plants Salix herbacea
Flowering Plants Saxifraga cernua
Flowering Plants Saxifraga oppositifolia
Flowering Plants Saxifraga rivularis
Flowering Plants Saxifraga stellaris
Flowering Plants Saxifraga tenuis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carex lachenalii Flowering Plants
Cerastium arcticum Flowering Plants
Cerastium cerastoides Flowering Plants
Deschampsia alpina Flowering Plants
Juncus biglumis Flowering Plants
Oxyria digyna Flowering Plants
Phippsia algida Flowering Plants
Ranunculus glacialis Flowering Plants
Ranunculus nivalis Flowering Plants
Ranunculus pygmaeus Flowering Plants
Sagina saginoides Flowering Plants
Salix herbacea Flowering Plants
Saxifraga cernua Flowering Plants
Saxifraga oppositifolia Flowering Plants
Saxifraga rivularis Flowering Plants
Saxifraga stellaris Flowering Plants
Saxifraga tenuis Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 36.1234 Snow grass snowbed communities source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E4.124 Snow grass snowbed communities same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E4.124 Snow grass snowbed communities same
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