Flat-leaved Spartina swards

English name: Flat-leaved Spartina swards

Description (English)

Perennial pioneer grasslands of coastal salt muds dominated by flat-leaved Spartina maritima (Spartina stricta), Spartina townsendii, Spartina anglica, Spartina alterniflora, distributed along Atlantic and North Sea coasts of middle Europe north to Denmark and south to northwestern Iberia, with outposts on the Atlantic coast of Africa around Tangier, Rabat and Cap Blanc, extending east to the Danish archipelago and with isolated areas of occurrence in the Mediterranean basin, located in the northern Adriatic, in the Venice Lagoon and nearby coasts, from the mouth of the Po to Trieste and Slovenia, and in estuaries of the coasts of northwestern Africa.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code A2.554
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (A2.5)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Spartina alterniflora
Flowering Plants Spartina anglica
Flowering Plants Spartina maritima
Flowering Plants Spartina stricta
Flowering Plants Spartina townsendii
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Spartina alterniflora Flowering Plants
Spartina anglica Flowering Plants
Spartina maritima Flowering Plants
Spartina stricta Flowering Plants
Spartina townsendii Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 15.21 Flat-leaved cordgrass swards source
CORINE Land Cover 4.2.1. Salt marshes n/a
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 4.2.3.2 Townsend's Cord-grass type n/a
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM5 Spartina alterniflora salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM4 Spartina maritima salt-marsh community narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) SM6 Spartina anglica salt-marsh community narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 A2.554 Flat-leaved Spartina swards same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 A2.654 Flat-leaved Spartina swards same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 A2.654 Flat-leaved Spartina swards same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 A2.654 Flat-leaved Spartina swards same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 A2.614 Flat-leaved Spartina swards same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 B3.21 Flat-leaved cordgrass swards same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 15.21 Flat-leaved cordgrass swards same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 15.21 Flat-leaved cordgrass swards same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 15.21   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 15.21   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 15.21   same
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