Boreal stiff sedge-sphagnum fens

English name: Boreal stiff sedge-sphagnum fens

Description (English)

Species-poor poor fen lawn communities of boreal mountains of the Palaearctic domaine, in particular, of the lower alpine zone of western and northern boreal Fennoscandia, dominated by Carex bigelowii, with a lawn formed of an often continuous sphagnum-dominated carpet of Sphagnum compactum, Sphagnum balticum and Calliergon sarmentosum; the scanty species cortège includes Salix herbacea, sometimes also Betula nana, Empetrum hermaphroditum, Rubus chamaemorus, Eriophorum angustifolium. These communities usually cover small surfaces, notably of hollows, of nutrient deficient substrates, often encroaching on snow-patch communities.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D2.2913

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Betula nana
Mosses & Liverworts Calliergon sarmentosum
Flowering Plants Carex bigelowii
Flowering Plants Empetrum hermaphroditum
Flowering Plants Eriophorum angustifolium
Flowering Plants Rubus chamaemorus
Flowering Plants Salix herbacea
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum balticum
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum compactum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Betula nana Flowering Plants
Calliergon sarmentosum Mosses & Liverworts
Carex bigelowii Flowering Plants
Empetrum hermaphroditum Flowering Plants
Eriophorum angustifolium Flowering Plants
Rubus chamaemorus Flowering Plants
Salix herbacea Flowering Plants
Sphagnum balticum Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum compactum Mosses & Liverworts

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.4913 Boreal stiff sedge-sphagnum fens source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 D2.2913 Boreal stiff sedge-sphagnum fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D2.2913 Boreal stiff sedge-sphagnum fens same
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