Wooded steppe

English name: Wooded steppe

Description (English)

The transition zone between forests and the middle Eurasian, Irano-Anatolian or Saharo-Mediterranean steppes, occurring in a vast swath extending from Pannonia to the Far East, south of and inland from the boreal and nemoral forest belts, in regions of reduced summer humidity, as well as in areas adjacent to, or under the influence of the Mediterranean and warm-temperate humid zones, represented by a macromosaic of steppe and connected, contiguous, disjunct or widely spaced woodland stands, the latter usually with a very developed grassy understorey, or by a scattering of trees within a steppe environment. The forest elements are often located on porous or slightly raised ground, valley sides or slopes, the grasslands occupying less well drained soils and lower places. Component habitat types include those of E1.2 in combination with G1.7.

EUNIS habitat classification
Interpretation Manual of the habitats targeted by Resolution No. 4

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code X18
Bern Convention Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 93 Wooded steppe same
CORINE Land Cover 3.2.4. Transitional woodland shrub not defined
Milieux Naturels de Suisse 1998 X COMPLEXE n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types


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