Sicilian plane tree canyons

Description (English)

Relict Platanus orientalis-dominated or -rich galleries of the Cassabile, the Anapo, the Irminio and the Carbo rivers, in the Iblei range of southeastern Sicily, of the gorge of the Sirmeto, in the vicinity of the Nebrodi. Some of these formations, in particular, in the gorges of the Cassabile and of the Anapo, are true plane tree woods. Others, such as on the Sirmeto, are Populus alba, Fraxinus angustifolia, Salix spp. formations with Platanus orientalis; as they grade into each other, and because of the very isolated occurrence, and great biogeographical and historical interest of Platanus orientalis in Sicily, they are all listed here. Plane tree woods have had a much greater extension in Sicily and probably in Calabria. A large forest has, in particular, existed on the Alcantara, where the species is now extinct.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code T1-493

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Fraxinus angustifolia
Flowering Plants Platanus orientalis
Flowering Plants Populus alba
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Fraxinus angustifolia Flowering Plants
Platanus orientalis Flowering Plants
Populus alba 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) G1.383 Sicilian plane tree canyons same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G1.383 Sicilian plane tree canyons same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G1.383 Sicilian plane tree canyons same
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