Alpine erica heaths

Description (English)

Species-rich montane, subalpine and low alpine heaths of calcareous soils of the Alps and the Dinarids, dominated by Erica herbacea (Erica carnea), mostly characteristic of the Austrian northern and southern calcareous Alps, south to the Dolomites and the Karawanken, with Sesleria albicans, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Daphne striata, Globularia cordifolia, Globularia nudicaulis, Polygala chamaebuxus. Small shrubs other than Erica herbacea, in particular Globularia cordifolia, may locally dominate communities. Distinctive formations also exist on siliceous and on serpentine substrates. They are provisionally included in this unit.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S2-272

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Flowering Plants Daphne striata
Flowering Plants Erica carnea
Flowering Plants Erica herbacea
Flowering Plants Globularia cordifolia
Flowering Plants Globularia nudicaulis
Flowering Plants Polygala chamaebuxus
Flowering Plants Sesleria albicans
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Flowering Plants
Daphne striata Flowering Plants
Erica carnea Flowering Plants
Erica herbacea Flowering Plants
Globularia cordifolia Flowering Plants
Globularia nudicaulis Flowering Plants
Polygala chamaebuxus Flowering Plants
Sesleria albicans Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Not available For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 2007 (revised descriptions 2012) F2.282 Alpine erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F2.282 Alpine erica heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F2.282 Alpine erica heaths same
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