Small fern western spruce taiga

English name: Small fern western spruce taiga

Description (English)

Forests of Picea abies or, in the east, Picea obovata, sometimes accompanied by Pinus sylvestris, of boreal Fennoscandia, boreal Russia west of the western Ural piedmont, extending into the boreonemoral region, in particular, in Fennoscandia, with an understorey dominated by Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Oxalis acetosella, ericaceous shrubs and mosses. They occupy stations with a richer nutrient supply and a higher humidity level than those of the bilberry forests of unit G3.A1, with a lower humidity level than the tall fern forests of unit G3.A22 and with a lower nutrient supply than the small herb forests of unit G3.A3.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code G3.A21
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (G3.A)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Ferns Gymnocarpium dryopteris
Flowering Plants Oxalis acetosella
Conifers Picea abies
Conifers Picea obovata
Conifers Pinus sylvestris
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Gymnocarpium dryopteris Ferns
Oxalis acetosella Flowering Plants
Picea abies Conifers
Picea obovata Conifers
Pinus sylvestris Conifers

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 42.C21 Small fern western spruce taiga source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G3.A21 Small fern western spruce taiga same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G3.A21 Small fern western spruce taiga same
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