Boreal swamp alder forests

Description (English)

Swamp woods of the Scandinavian lowlands dominated by Alnus glutinosa and Alnus incana with a shrub layer dominated by Alnus spp., Betula pubescens and various Salix spp. The field layer, sometimes very sparse, includes Filipendula ulmaria, Epilobium palustre, Galium palustre, Iris pseudacorus, Lysimachia thyrsiflora, Lysimachia vulgaris, Viola palustris, Calla palustris, Thelypteris palustris, Carex canescens, Carex Elongata, Carex rostrata, Calamagrostis canescens, Deschampsia cespitosa. The ground layer, of Sphagnum and other mosses, is very poorly developed.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code T1-515

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Alnus glutinosa
Flowering Plants Alnus incana
Flowering Plants Betula pubescens
Flowering Plants Calamagrostis canescens
Flowering Plants Calla palustris
Flowering Plants Carex canescens
Flowering Plants Carex elongata
Flowering Plants Carex rostrata
Flowering Plants Deschampsia cespitosa
Flowering Plants Epilobium palustre
Flowering Plants Filipendula ulmaria
Flowering Plants Galium palustre
Flowering Plants Iris pseudacorus
Flowering Plants Lysimachia thyrsiflora
Flowering Plants Lysimachia vulgaris
Ferns Thelypteris palustris
Flowering Plants Viola palustris
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Alnus glutinosa Flowering Plants
Alnus incana Flowering Plants
Betula pubescens Flowering Plants
Calamagrostis canescens Flowering Plants
Calla palustris Flowering Plants
Carex canescens Flowering Plants
Carex elongata Flowering Plants
Carex rostrata Flowering Plants
Deschampsia cespitosa Flowering Plants
Epilobium palustre Flowering Plants
Filipendula ulmaria Flowering Plants
Galium palustre Flowering Plants
Iris pseudacorus Flowering Plants
Lysimachia thyrsiflora Flowering Plants
Lysimachia vulgaris Flowering Plants
Thelypteris palustris Ferns
Viola palustris 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) G1.415 Boreal swamp alder woods same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G1.415 Boreal swamp alder woods same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G1.415 Boreal swamp alder woods same
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