Oro-Scandian bilberry-hairgrass birch forests

Description (English)

Medium-tall (4-7 m) Betula pubescens ssp. czerepanovii woods of sandy moraine podsols of the subalpine belt of the mountains of Fennoscandia, with a moss-rich grass and heath undergrowth formed by Vaccinium myrtillus, Empetrum hermaphroditum and Deschampsia flexuosa, accompanied by Dicranum fuscescens, Dicranum scoparium, Hylocomium splendens, Pleurozium schreberi; their cortège includes Betula nana, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Linnaea borealis, Pedicularis lapponica, Solidago virgaurea, Trientalis europaea, and sparse taller shrubs, in particular, of Juniperus communis.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code T1-C1422

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Conifers Juniperus communis
Flowering Plants Betula nana
Flowering Plants Deschampsia flexuosa
Flowering Plants Empetrum hermaphroditum
Flowering Plants Linnaea borealis
Flowering Plants Pedicularis lapponica
Flowering Plants Solidago virgaurea
Flowering Plants Trientalis europaea
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Flowering Plants Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Mosses & Liverworts Dicranum fuscescens
Mosses & Liverworts Dicranum scoparium
Mosses & Liverworts Hylocomium splendens
Mosses & Liverworts Pleurozium schreberi
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Juniperus communis Conifers
Betula nana Flowering Plants
Deschampsia flexuosa Flowering Plants
Empetrum hermaphroditum Flowering Plants
Linnaea borealis Flowering Plants
Pedicularis lapponica Flowering Plants
Solidago virgaurea Flowering Plants
Trientalis europaea Flowering Plants
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Flowering Plants
Dicranum fuscescens Mosses & Liverworts
Dicranum scoparium Mosses & Liverworts
Hylocomium splendens Mosses & Liverworts
Pleurozium schreberi Mosses & Liverworts

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) G1.91722 Oro-Scandian bilberry-hairgrass birch woods same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G1.91722 Oro-Scandian bilberry-hairgrass birch woods same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G1.91722 Oro-Scandian bilberry-hairgrass birch woods same
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