Alpine cushion sedge carpets

English name: Alpine cushion sedge carpets

Description (English)

Open formations of the alpine level of the southeastern Alps, and, to a lesser extent, of the northeastern Alps, composed of cushions of Carex firma and other low-growing rosette or cushion plants among which Saxifraga caesia, Gentiana clusii, Gentiana froelichii, Gentiana terglouensis, Crepis jacquinii, Pedicularis rosea, Saussurea pygmaea, Dianthus monspessulanus ssp. sternbergii, Primula wulfeniana, Chamorchis alpina, Sesleria albicans, Carex mucronata, sometimes in association with mats of Dryas octopetala.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E4.4331
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 Carex firma
Flowering Plants Carex mucronata
Flowering Plants Chamorchis alpina
Flowering Plants Crepis jacquinii
Flowering Plants Dryas octopetala
Flowering Plants Gentiana clusii
Flowering Plants Gentiana froelichii
Flowering Plants Gentiana terglouensis
Flowering Plants Pedicularis rosea
Flowering Plants Primula wulfeniana
Flowering Plants Saussurea pygmaea
Flowering Plants Saxifraga caesia
Flowering Plants Sesleria albicans
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carex firma Flowering Plants
Carex mucronata Flowering Plants
Chamorchis alpina Flowering Plants
Crepis jacquinii Flowering Plants
Dryas octopetala Flowering Plants
Gentiana clusii Flowering Plants
Gentiana froelichii Flowering Plants
Gentiana terglouensis Flowering Plants
Pedicularis rosea Flowering Plants
Primula wulfeniana Flowering Plants
Saussurea pygmaea Flowering Plants
Saxifraga caesia Flowering Plants
Sesleria albicans Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 36.4331 Alpine cushion sedge carpets source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E4.4331 Alpine cushion sedge carpets same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E4.4331 Alpine cushion sedge carpets same
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