Medio-European dry slope sedge Fagus forests

Description (English)

Beech woods occupying dry limestone slopes and areas of low precipitation of sub-Atlantic Western Europe, south and west to the Charentes and Normandy, of the Jura, the northwestern, northern, eastern and southern pre-Alps, of the Hercynian arc and neighbouring regions and of the western Carpathian hills, with an often rich shrub layer constituted by Sorbus aria, Ligustrum vulgare, Viburnum lantana, Rosa arvensis, Lonicera xylosteum, Daphne mezereum, Berberis vulgaris, Acer campestre, Buxus sempervirens, and an herb layer rich in sedges, Carex digitata, Carex flacca, Carex montana, Carex alba, grasses, Brachypodium sylvaticum, Bromus benekenii, orchids, Neottia nidus-avis, Cephalanthera rubra, Cephalanthera damasonium, Epipactis spp. The unit is composed of many highly distinctive and conservation-significant local variants.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code T1-7411

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Acer campestre
Flowering Plants Berberis vulgaris
Flowering Plants Brachypodium sylvaticum
Flowering Plants Bromus benekenii
Flowering Plants Buxus sempervirens
Flowering Plants Carex alba
Flowering Plants Carex digitata
Flowering Plants Carex flacca
Flowering Plants Carex montana
Flowering Plants Cephalanthera damasonium
Flowering Plants Cephalanthera rubra
Flowering Plants Daphne mezereum
Flowering Plants Ligustrum vulgare
Flowering Plants Lonicera xylosteum
Flowering Plants Neottia nidus-avis
Flowering Plants Rosa arvensis
Flowering Plants Sorbus aria
Flowering Plants Viburnum lantana
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Acer campestre Flowering Plants
Berberis vulgaris Flowering Plants
Brachypodium sylvaticum Flowering Plants
Bromus benekenii Flowering Plants
Buxus sempervirens Flowering Plants
Carex alba Flowering Plants
Carex digitata Flowering Plants
Carex flacca Flowering Plants
Carex montana Flowering Plants
Cephalanthera damasonium Flowering Plants
Cephalanthera rubra Flowering Plants
Daphne mezereum Flowering Plants
Ligustrum vulgare Flowering Plants
Lonicera xylosteum Flowering Plants
Neottia nidus-avis Flowering Plants
Rosa arvensis Flowering Plants
Sorbus aria Flowering Plants
Viburnum lantana 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) G1.6611 Medio-European dry slope sedge beech forests same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G1.6611 Medio-European dry slope sedge beech forests same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G1.6611 Medio-European dry slope sedge beech forests same
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