Xerophile subalpine spruce forests

Description (English)

Picea abies forests on dry sunny slopes (adrets) of the northern and northwestern Alps, with Vaccinium vitis-idaea and a small admixture of Vaccinium myrtillus on siliceous soils over sandstones and carboniferous schists, with Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Polygala chamaebuxus, Carex humilis on lustrous schists, with berberis vulgaris, Valeriana montana, Valeriana tripteris on stabilised calcareous screes.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code T3-114

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Flowering Plants Berberis vulgaris
Flowering Plants Carex humilis
Conifers Picea abies
Flowering Plants Polygala chamaebuxus
Flowering Plants Vaccinium myrtillus
Flowering Plants Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Flowering Plants Valeriana montana
Flowering Plants Valeriana tripteris
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Flowering Plants
Berberis vulgaris Flowering Plants
Carex humilis Flowering Plants
Picea abies Conifers
Polygala chamaebuxus Flowering Plants
Vaccinium myrtillus Flowering Plants
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Flowering Plants
Valeriana montana Flowering Plants
Valeriana tripteris 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) G3.1B4 Xerophile subalpine spruce forests same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G3.1B4 Xerophile subalpine spruce forests same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G3.1B4 Xerophile subalpine spruce forests same
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