Boreal meadow springs

English name: Boreal meadow springs

Description (English)

Bryophyte-rich communities of lime-poor cold springs of the subalpine and alpine zones of boreoalpine and arctoalpine mountains of Fennoscandia and of Iceland, characterized by a greater abundance of tall herbs than in the communities of units D2.2C12 to D2.2C15, in particular, of units D2.2C12 and D2.2C13, to which they are closely related, with a resulting lesser prominence of the moss carpet, dominated by Pohlia wahlenbergii ssp. glacialis (Pohlia albicans f. glacialis) or Philonotis fontana. The communities of this unit may grade into Potentilla crantzii-Bistorta vivipara communities of unit E4.126 and moist Dryas heaths of unit F2.293.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D2.2C16

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Potentilla crantzii
Mosses & Liverworts Philonotis fontana
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Potentilla crantzii Flowering Plants
Philonotis fontana Mosses & Liverworts

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.1116 Boreal meadow springs source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types


Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 D2.2C16 Boreal meadow springs same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D2.2C16 Boreal meadow springs same
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