Thracian christ's thorn scrub

Description (English)

Paliurus spina-christi thickets and scrub of the rim and hills of the Northern Thracian plain (East Rumelian plain) of eastern and southeastern Bulgaria, remnants of flower-rich bushy steppe communities of specific Thracian character, harbouring species of both sub-Mediterranean and Ponto-Pannonic or Central Eurasian affinities, including Jasminum fruticans, Prunus tenella (Amygdalus nana), Paeonia peregrina (Paeonia decora), Paeonia tenuifolia, Tulipa aureolinea, Tulipa urumoffii, Adonis vernalis, Adonis flammea, Adonis aestivalis, Ranunculus illyricus, Salvia nutans, Verbascum phoeniceum, Milium vernale, Scandix australis, Phlomis herba-venti ssp. pungens (Phlomis pungens), Phlomis tuberosa, which still covered vast expanses at the beginning of the century but which may now be largely extinct in their most developed form.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S3-6132

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Adonis aestivalis
Flowering Plants Adonis flammea
Flowering Plants Adonis vernalis
Flowering Plants Amygdalus nana
Flowering Plants Jasminum fruticans
Flowering Plants Milium vernale
Flowering Plants Paeonia decora
Flowering Plants Paeonia peregrina
Flowering Plants Paeonia tenuifolia
Flowering Plants Paliurus spina-christi
Flowering Plants Phlomis pungens
Flowering Plants Phlomis tuberosa
Flowering Plants Prunus tenella
Flowering Plants Ranunculus illyricus
Flowering Plants Salvia nutans
Flowering Plants Scandix australis
Flowering Plants Tulipa urumoffii
Flowering Plants Verbascum phoeniceum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Adonis aestivalis Flowering Plants
Adonis flammea Flowering Plants
Adonis vernalis Flowering Plants
Amygdalus nana Flowering Plants
Jasminum fruticans Flowering Plants
Milium vernale Flowering Plants
Paeonia decora Flowering Plants
Paeonia peregrina Flowering Plants
Paeonia tenuifolia Flowering Plants
Paliurus spina-christi Flowering Plants
Phlomis pungens Flowering Plants
Phlomis tuberosa Flowering Plants
Prunus tenella Flowering Plants
Ranunculus illyricus Flowering Plants
Salvia nutans Flowering Plants
Scandix australis Flowering Plants
Tulipa urumoffii Flowering Plants
Verbascum phoeniceum 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) F3.24732 Thracian christ's thorn scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F3.24732 Thracian christ's thorn scrub same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F3.24732 Thracian christ's thorn scrub same
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