Boreal black sedge-brown moss fens

English name: Boreal black sedge-brown moss fens

Description (English)

Carex nigra-dominated fen communities of the subalpine to lower alpine zones of the boreoalpine and arctoalpine mountains of Fennoscandia occupying low-lying areas affected by running water (pH 5.5-6.0), among low (0.20 m) willow brush of, notably, Salix hastata, Salix lanata, Salix lapponum, Salix phylicifolia, comprising poor fen margin vegetation with, in some parts, an admixture of medium rich fen elements, and with a ground layer mainly of brown mosses. The sedge-rich species cortège includes Carex bigelowii, Carex canescens, Carex chordorrhiza, Carex dioica, Carex flava, Carex limosa, Carex magellanica, Carex panicea, Carex rostrata, Carex rotundata, Eriophorum angustifolium, Scirpus cespitosus ssp. cespitosus (Trichophorum cespitosum), Phleum alpinum, Poa pratensis s.l., Caltha palustris, Cardamine pratensis, Pedicularis palustris, Pinguicula vulgaris, Polygonum viviparum, Potentilla erecta, Potentilla palustris, Viola palustris, Salaginella salaginoides, Thalictrum alpinum, and bryophytes Aulacomnium palustre, Calliergon sarmentosum, Calliergon stramineum, Cinclidium stygium, Drepanocladus exannulatus, Paludella squarrosa, Philonotis fontana, Sphagnum warnstorfii.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D4.162
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

Mosses & Liverworts Aulacomnium palustre
Mosses & Liverworts Calliergon sarmentosum
Mosses & Liverworts Calliergon stramineum
Flowering Plants Caltha palustris
Flowering Plants Cardamine pratensis
Flowering Plants Carex bigelowii
Flowering Plants Carex canescens
Flowering Plants Carex chordorrhiza
Flowering Plants Carex dioica
Flowering Plants Carex flava
Flowering Plants Carex limosa
Flowering Plants Carex magellanica
Flowering Plants Carex nigra
Flowering Plants Carex panicea
Flowering Plants Carex rostrata
Flowering Plants Carex rotundata
Mosses & Liverworts Cinclidium stygium
Mosses & Liverworts Drepanocladus exannulatus
Flowering Plants Eriophorum angustifolium
Mosses & Liverworts Paludella squarrosa
Flowering Plants Pedicularis palustris
Mosses & Liverworts Philonotis fontana
Flowering Plants Phleum alpinum
Flowering Plants Pinguicula vulgaris
Flowering Plants Poa pratensis
Flowering Plants Polygonum viviparum
Flowering Plants Potentilla erecta
Flowering Plants Potentilla palustris
Flowering Plants Salix hastata
Flowering Plants Salix lanata
Flowering Plants Salix lapponum
Flowering Plants Salix phylicifolia
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum warnstorfii
Flowering Plants Thalictrum alpinum
Flowering Plants Trichophorum cespitosum
Flowering Plants Viola palustris
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Aulacomnium palustre Mosses & Liverworts
Calliergon sarmentosum Mosses & Liverworts
Calliergon stramineum Mosses & Liverworts
Caltha palustris Flowering Plants
Cardamine pratensis Flowering Plants
Carex bigelowii Flowering Plants
Carex canescens Flowering Plants
Carex chordorrhiza Flowering Plants
Carex dioica Flowering Plants
Carex flava Flowering Plants
Carex limosa Flowering Plants
Carex magellanica Flowering Plants
Carex nigra Flowering Plants
Carex panicea Flowering Plants
Carex rostrata Flowering Plants
Carex rotundata Flowering Plants
Cinclidium stygium Mosses & Liverworts
Drepanocladus exannulatus Mosses & Liverworts
Eriophorum angustifolium Flowering Plants
Paludella squarrosa Mosses & Liverworts
Pedicularis palustris Flowering Plants
Philonotis fontana Mosses & Liverworts
Phleum alpinum Flowering Plants
Pinguicula vulgaris Flowering Plants
Poa pratensis Flowering Plants
Polygonum viviparum Flowering Plants
Potentilla erecta Flowering Plants
Potentilla palustris Flowering Plants
Salix hastata Flowering Plants
Salix lanata Flowering Plants
Salix lapponum Flowering Plants
Salix phylicifolia Flowering Plants
Sphagnum warnstorfii Mosses & Liverworts
Thalictrum alpinum Flowering Plants
Trichophorum cespitosum Flowering Plants
Viola palustris Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.262 Boreal black sedge-brown moss fens source
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 D4.162 Boreal black sedge-brown moss fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D4.162 Boreal black sedge-brown moss fens same
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