Northern Calluna - Genista heaths

Description (English)

Heaths of the northern Germano-Baltic plain and neighbouring regions, in Denmark, southern Sweden, Germany, northern Poland and the Netherlands north of the Rhine, dominated by Calluna vulgaris, with Genista pilosa and, in the west, Genista anglica, and with a species cortège that reflects boreal influences, marked, in particular, by the frequent presence of Empetrum nigrum or Vaccinium spp. These formations have their main area of occurrence in northwestern Germany, Jutland and the Netherlands in Friesland, the Drente, and the Hoge Veluwe, extending northward to northern Jutland and coastal Halland, eastward to the Prignitz and to Poland. Outliers occupy restricted surfaces in the Hercynian upper Rhine hills, the Rhine Valley and middle Franconia.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S4-221

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Empetrum nigrum
Flowering Plants Genista anglica
Flowering Plants Genista pilosa
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Empetrum nigrum Flowering Plants
Genista anglica Flowering Plants
Genista pilosa 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) F4.221 Northern Calluna-Genista heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 F4.221 Northern Calluna-Genista heaths same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 F4.221 Northern Calluna-Genista heaths same
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