Hygromesophile medio-European lowland hay meadows

English name: Hygromesophile medio-European lowland hay meadows

Description (English)

More humid, or temporarily more humid, swards of the lowland sub-Atlantic mesophile hay meadows of Western Europe and Central Europe, dominated by Arrhenatherum elatius and Alopecurus pratensis, or by the latter alone, and with a species composition intermediate between that of mesophile and humid meadows (E3) with Cirsium oleraceum, Angelica sylvestris, Sanguisorba officinalis, Ranunculus repens, Myosotis palustris, Glechoma hederacea, Lychnis flos-cuculi, Ajuga reptans, Cardamine pratensis, Lysimachia nummularia, Geranium pratense, Campanula patula, Pastinaca sativa, Heracleum sphondylium, Anthriscus sylvestris. Towards the east, in more continental climates, the Alopecurus meadows communities increasingly take the character of humid riverine meadows; they have been included in E3 from the Pannonic region eastwards, in the range of the mesophile meadows of E2.15.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E2.222
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (E2.2)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Ajuga reptans
Flowering Plants Alopecurus pratensis
Flowering Plants Angelica sylvestris
Flowering Plants Anthriscus sylvestris
Flowering Plants Arrhenatherum elatius
Flowering Plants Campanula patula
Flowering Plants Cardamine pratensis
Flowering Plants Cirsium oleraceum
Flowering Plants Geranium pratense
Flowering Plants Glechoma hederacea
Flowering Plants Heracleum sphondylium
Flowering Plants Lychnis flos-cuculi
Flowering Plants Lysimachia nummularia
Flowering Plants Myosotis palustris
Flowering Plants Pastinaca sativa
Flowering Plants Ranunculus repens
Flowering Plants Sanguisorba officinalis
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Ajuga reptans Flowering Plants
Alopecurus pratensis Flowering Plants
Angelica sylvestris Flowering Plants
Anthriscus sylvestris Flowering Plants
Arrhenatherum elatius Flowering Plants
Campanula patula Flowering Plants
Cardamine pratensis Flowering Plants
Cirsium oleraceum Flowering Plants
Geranium pratense Flowering Plants
Glechoma hederacea Flowering Plants
Heracleum sphondylium Flowering Plants
Lychnis flos-cuculi Flowering Plants
Lysimachia nummularia Flowering Plants
Myosotis palustris Flowering Plants
Pastinaca sativa Flowering Plants
Ranunculus repens Flowering Plants
Sanguisorba officinalis Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 38.222 Hygromesophile medio-European lowland hay meadows source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E2.222 Hygromesophile medio-European lowland hay meadows same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E2.222 Hygromesophile medio-European lowland hay meadows same
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