Southern Alpine oatgrass-blue moorgrass swards

English name: Southern Alpine oatgrass-blue moorgrass swards

Description (English)

Xero-thermophile, open, stepped or garland, species-rich grasslands of the alpine and subalpine levels of the southern Alps, and particularly of the southwestern Alps, similar to those of the previous unit (E4.431), but in which Carex sempervirens is less prominent, while various oats, Helictotrichon sedenense (Avena sedenensis) (Helictotrichon montanum, Avena montana), Helictotrichon sempervirens, Helictotrichon parlatorei, Helictotrichon setaceum, or Festuca dimorpha become important components together with Sesleria albicans, and oro-Mediterranean species such as Globularia nana, Hedysarum hedysaroides, Lilium pomponium, Centaurea triumfetti, Ononis cristata (Ononis cenisia), Ononis striata, Iberis sempervirens, Aethionema ovalifolium, Sempervivum calcareum, Arenaria cinerea, Alsine brunati, Galeopsis reuteri, Leuzea rhapontica ssp. bicknellii (Leuzea rhapontica, Rhaponticum scariosum) and the spiny Astragalus sempervirens appear; several of these species are local endemics of very restricted distribution.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E4.432
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (E4.4)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Aethionema ovalifolium
Flowering Plants Arenaria cinerea
Flowering Plants Astragalus sempervirens
Flowering Plants Avena montana
Flowering Plants Avena sedenensis
Flowering Plants Carex sempervirens
Flowering Plants Centaurea triumfetti
Flowering Plants Festuca dimorpha
Flowering Plants Galeopsis reuteri
Flowering Plants Globularia nana
Flowering Plants Hedysarum hedysaroides
Flowering Plants Helictotrichon montanum
Flowering Plants Helictotrichon parlatorei
Flowering Plants Helictotrichon sedenense
Flowering Plants Helictotrichon sempervirens
Flowering Plants Helictotrichon setaceum
Flowering Plants Iberis sempervirens
Flowering Plants Leuzea rhapontica
Flowering Plants Lilium pomponium
Flowering Plants Ononis cenisia
Flowering Plants Ononis cristata
Flowering Plants Ononis striata
Flowering Plants Rhaponticum scariosum
Flowering Plants Sempervivum calcareum
Flowering Plants Sesleria albicans
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Aethionema ovalifolium Flowering Plants
Arenaria cinerea Flowering Plants
Astragalus sempervirens Flowering Plants
Avena montana Flowering Plants
Avena sedenensis Flowering Plants
Carex sempervirens Flowering Plants
Centaurea triumfetti Flowering Plants
Festuca dimorpha Flowering Plants
Galeopsis reuteri Flowering Plants
Globularia nana Flowering Plants
Hedysarum hedysaroides Flowering Plants
Helictotrichon montanum Flowering Plants
Helictotrichon parlatorei Flowering Plants
Helictotrichon sedenense Flowering Plants
Helictotrichon sempervirens Flowering Plants
Helictotrichon setaceum Flowering Plants
Iberis sempervirens Flowering Plants
Leuzea rhapontica Flowering Plants
Lilium pomponium Flowering Plants
Ononis cenisia Flowering Plants
Ononis cristata Flowering Plants
Ononis striata Flowering Plants
Rhaponticum scariosum Flowering Plants
Sempervivum calcareum Flowering Plants
Sesleria albicans Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 36.432 Southern Alpine oatgrass-blue moorgrass swards source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E4.432 Southern Alpine oatgrass-blue moorgrass swards same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E4.432 Southern Alpine oatgrass-blue moorgrass swards same
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