Peri-Alpine Davall sedge fens

English name: Peri-Alpine Davall sedge fens

Description (English)

Species-rich calcareous fens of the Alps, the Alpine piedmonts and peripheral plateaux, the Swiss plateau, the French, Swiss, Swabian, Franconian Jura and their periphery, often with a mixed dominance, usually with a particular prominence of Carex davalliana, Carex panicea, Carex hostiana, Carex nigra, Carex flacca or Eriophorum latifolium, sometimes of Carex microglochin, and with Carex lepidocarpa, Carex capillaris, Carex nigra, Carex demissa, Carex flava, Carex pulicaris, Blysmus compressus, Schoenus ferrugineus, Eleocharis quinqueflora, Juncus articulatus, Scirpus cespitosus, Molinia caerulea, Tofieldia calyculata, Allium schoenoprasum, Potentilla erecta, Swertia perennis, Primula farinosa, Parnassia palustris, Pinguicula vulgaris and a moss layer formed by Drepanocladus intermedius, Cratoneuron glaucum, Campylium stellatum. These extremely species-rich communities are still represented by a few large, very well preserved examples on the Bavarian plateau. These are a refuge for many rare species, including the relict, threatened Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum and the orchids Dactylorhiza traunsteineri, Dactylorhiza ochroleuca, Dactylorhiza incarnata, Herminium monorchis, Epipactis palustris. Elsewhere in their range, the Davall sedge fens have undergone a drastic reduction, leading to extinction in many areas.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D4.131
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (D4.1)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Allium schoenoprasum
Flowering Plants Blysmus compressus
Flowering Plants Carex capillaris
Flowering Plants Carex davalliana
Flowering Plants Carex demissa
Flowering Plants Carex flacca
Flowering Plants Carex flava
Flowering Plants Carex hostiana
Flowering Plants Carex lepidocarpa
Flowering Plants Carex microglochin
Flowering Plants Carex nigra
Flowering Plants Carex panicea
Flowering Plants Carex pulicaris
Flowering Plants Dactylorhiza incarnata
Flowering Plants Dactylorhiza traunsteineri
Flowering Plants Eleocharis quinqueflora
Flowering Plants Epipactis palustris
Flowering Plants Eriophorum latifolium
Flowering Plants Herminium monorchis
Flowering Plants Juncus articulatus
Flowering Plants Molinia caerulea
Flowering Plants Parnassia palustris
Flowering Plants Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum
Flowering Plants Pinguicula vulgaris
Flowering Plants Potentilla erecta
Flowering Plants Primula farinosa
Flowering Plants Schoenus ferrugineus
Flowering Plants Scirpus cespitosus
Flowering Plants Swertia perennis
Flowering Plants Tofieldia calyculata
Mosses & Liverworts Campylium stellatum
Mosses & Liverworts Drepanocladus intermedius
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Allium schoenoprasum Flowering Plants
Blysmus compressus Flowering Plants
Carex capillaris Flowering Plants
Carex davalliana Flowering Plants
Carex demissa Flowering Plants
Carex flacca Flowering Plants
Carex flava Flowering Plants
Carex hostiana Flowering Plants
Carex lepidocarpa Flowering Plants
Carex microglochin Flowering Plants
Carex nigra Flowering Plants
Carex panicea Flowering Plants
Carex pulicaris Flowering Plants
Dactylorhiza incarnata Flowering Plants
Dactylorhiza traunsteineri Flowering Plants
Eleocharis quinqueflora Flowering Plants
Epipactis palustris Flowering Plants
Eriophorum latifolium Flowering Plants
Herminium monorchis Flowering Plants
Juncus articulatus Flowering Plants
Molinia caerulea Flowering Plants
Parnassia palustris Flowering Plants
Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum Flowering Plants
Pinguicula vulgaris Flowering Plants
Potentilla erecta Flowering Plants
Primula farinosa Flowering Plants
Schoenus ferrugineus Flowering Plants
Scirpus cespitosus Flowering Plants
Swertia perennis Flowering Plants
Tofieldia calyculata Flowering Plants
Campylium stellatum Mosses & Liverworts
Drepanocladus intermedius Mosses & Liverworts

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.231 Peri-Alpine Davall sedge fens source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 D4.131 Peri-Alpine Davall sedge fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D4.131 Peri-Alpine Davall sedge fens same
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