Icelandic black sedge-brown moss fens

English name: Icelandic black sedge-brown moss fens

Description (English)

Carex nigra-dominated fen communities of the lowlands of Iceland with a variable species cortège that may include Carex rariflora, Carex lyngbyei, Carex canescens, Eriophorum angustifolium, Scirpus cespitosus ssp. cespitosus (Trichophorum cespitosum), Juncus filiformis, Calamagrostis stricta, Potentilla palustris, Menyanthes trifoliata, Polygonum viviparum, Pinguicula vulgaris, Salix callicarpaea (Salix arctica), Equisetum palustre, Selaginella selaginoides and bryophytes Drepanocladus revolvens, Calliergonella cuspidata, Polytrichum commune, Aulacomnium palustre, Calliergon sarmentosum, Calliergon stramineum, Calliergon giganteum, Cinclidium stygium, Cinclidium subrotundum, Climacium dendroides, Hypnum spp., Oncophorus wahlenbergii, Sphagnum girgensohnii. Hummocks with heath mosses and sphagna are common; these communities are modified by grazing, resulting, notably, in a reduced willow component.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code D4.163
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

Ferns Equisetum palustre
Ferns Selaginella selaginoides
Flowering Plants Calamagrostis stricta
Flowering Plants Carex canescens
Flowering Plants Carex lyngbyei
Flowering Plants Carex nigra
Flowering Plants Carex rariflora
Flowering Plants Eriophorum angustifolium
Flowering Plants Juncus filiformis
Flowering Plants Menyanthes trifoliata
Flowering Plants Pinguicula vulgaris
Flowering Plants Polygonum viviparum
Flowering Plants Potentilla palustris
Flowering Plants Salix arctica
Flowering Plants Salix callicarpaea
Flowering Plants Trichophorum cespitosum
Mosses & Liverworts Aulacomnium palustre
Mosses & Liverworts Calliergon giganteum
Mosses & Liverworts Calliergon sarmentosum
Mosses & Liverworts Calliergon stramineum
Mosses & Liverworts Calliergonella cuspidata
Mosses & Liverworts Cinclidium stygium
Mosses & Liverworts Cinclidium subrotundum
Mosses & Liverworts Climacium dendroides
Mosses & Liverworts Drepanocladus revolvens
Mosses & Liverworts Oncophorus wahlenbergii
Mosses & Liverworts Polytrichum commune
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum girgensohnii
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Equisetum palustre Ferns
Selaginella selaginoides Ferns
Calamagrostis stricta Flowering Plants
Carex canescens Flowering Plants
Carex lyngbyei Flowering Plants
Carex nigra Flowering Plants
Carex rariflora Flowering Plants
Eriophorum angustifolium Flowering Plants
Juncus filiformis Flowering Plants
Menyanthes trifoliata Flowering Plants
Pinguicula vulgaris Flowering Plants
Polygonum viviparum Flowering Plants
Potentilla palustris Flowering Plants
Salix arctica Flowering Plants
Salix callicarpaea Flowering Plants
Trichophorum cespitosum Flowering Plants
Aulacomnium palustre Mosses & Liverworts
Calliergon giganteum Mosses & Liverworts
Calliergon sarmentosum Mosses & Liverworts
Calliergon stramineum Mosses & Liverworts
Calliergonella cuspidata Mosses & Liverworts
Cinclidium stygium Mosses & Liverworts
Cinclidium subrotundum Mosses & Liverworts
Climacium dendroides Mosses & Liverworts
Drepanocladus revolvens Mosses & Liverworts
Oncophorus wahlenbergii Mosses & Liverworts
Polytrichum commune Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum girgensohnii Mosses & Liverworts

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 54.263 Icelandic 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 D4.163 Icelandic black sedge-brown moss fens same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 D4.163 Icelandic black sedge-brown moss fens same
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