Philonotis-Saxifraga stellaris springs

English name: Philonotis-Saxifraga stellaris springs

Description (English)

Bryophyte dominated spring communities of alpine, subalpine, boreoalpine, arctoalpine, and sometimes upland, well-lit, lime-poor cold waters of the northern Palaearctic mountains and hills, of the Alpine system and of the great Hercynian ranges, mostly dominated by Philonotis seriata, Bryum schleicheri or, in the north and west, Philonotis fontana, with a vascular species cortège marked by arcto-alpine species, among which Saxifraga stellaris is usually prominent. Somewhat intermediate between the communities of unit D2.2C11 and those of units D2.2C13 and D2.2C14, they extend to relatively low upland regions in northern Europe, in the British isles, and, as glacial relicts, in the Hercynian ranges and their periphery.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D2.2C12

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Mosses & Liverworts Bryum schleicheri
Mosses & Liverworts Philonotis fontana
Mosses & Liverworts Philonotis seriata
Flowering Plants Saxifraga stellaris
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Bryum schleicheri Mosses & Liverworts
Philonotis fontana Mosses & Liverworts
Philonotis seriata Mosses & Liverworts
Saxifraga stellaris Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.1112 Philonotis-Saxifraga stellaris springs source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 D2.2C12 Philonotis-Saxifraga stellaris springs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D2.2C12 Philonotis-Saxifraga stellaris springs same
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