Bistort meadows

English name: Bistort meadows

Description (English)

Wet and humid meadows of sub-Atlantic Western and Central Europe dominated by, or very rich in, Polygonum bistorta, most characteristic of montane or submontane regions of the Hercynian ranges and neighbouring regions. They include distinctive acidocline Hercynian communities in which Polygonum bistorta is associated with Deschampsia cespitosa or Juncus filiformis, Polygonum bistorta-enriched submontane or montane variants of thistle or ragwort lowland communities of units E3.411 or E3.414, of the montane thistle-globeflower communities of unit E3.412, of the clubrush communities of unit E3.419, peri-Hercynian submontane and lowland thermophilous communities of the Danube basin, and montane communities of the Iberian peninsula. They constitute the principal habitat of the threatened fritillary Proclossiana eunomia, and, at least locally, an important habitat for other threatened butterflies, in particular, the copper Palaeochrysophanus (Lycaena) hippothoe.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E3.415
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (E3.4)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Deschampsia cespitosa
Flowering Plants Juncus filiformis
Flowering Plants Polygonum bistorta
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Deschampsia cespitosa Flowering Plants
Juncus filiformis Flowering Plants
Polygonum bistorta Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 37.215 Bistort meadows source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E3.415 Bistort meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E3.415 Bistort meadows same
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