Boreal acidophile sphagnum spruce forests

Description (English)

Woods of bogs and acidic fens of the western Palaearctic taiga zone dominated by Picea abies or Picea obovata, generally accompanied by Betula pubescens, with a field layer dominated by Carex spp., Eriophorum vaginatum, Menyanthes trifoliata, Potentilla palustris, and a ground layer dominated by acidophilous sphagna, in particular, Sphagnum angustifolium, Sphagnum recurvum (Sphagnum fallax), Sphagnum magellanicum, Sphagnum riparium. The variable species cortège includes Pinus sylvestris, Salix spp., Vaccinium oxycoccos, Vaccinium uliginosum, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Carex canescens, Carex chordorrhiza, Carex lasiocarpa, Carex magellanica, Carex nigra, Carex rostrata, Calamagrostis purpurea, Juncus filiformis, Equisetum fluviatile, Aulacomnium palustre, Pleurozium schreberi, Polytrichum commune, Sphagnum girgensohnii.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code T3-K11

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Conifers Picea abies
Conifers Picea obovata
Conifers Pinus sylvestris
Ferns Equisetum fluviatile
Flowering Plants Betula pubescens
Flowering Plants Calamagrostis purpurea
Flowering Plants Carex canescens
Flowering Plants Carex chordorrhiza
Flowering Plants Carex lasiocarpa
Flowering Plants Carex magellanica
Flowering Plants Carex nigra
Flowering Plants Carex rostrata
Flowering Plants Eriophorum vaginatum
Flowering Plants Juncus filiformis
Flowering Plants Menyanthes trifoliata
Flowering Plants Potentilla palustris
Flowering Plants Vaccinium oxycoccos
Flowering Plants Vaccinium uliginosum
Flowering Plants Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Mosses & Liverworts Aulacomnium palustre
Mosses & Liverworts Pleurozium schreberi
Mosses & Liverworts Polytrichum commune
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum angustifolium
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum fallax
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum girgensohnii
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum magellanicum
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum recurvum
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum riparium
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Picea abies Conifers
Picea obovata Conifers
Pinus sylvestris Conifers
Equisetum fluviatile Ferns
Betula pubescens Flowering Plants
Calamagrostis purpurea Flowering Plants
Carex canescens Flowering Plants
Carex chordorrhiza Flowering Plants
Carex lasiocarpa Flowering Plants
Carex magellanica Flowering Plants
Carex nigra Flowering Plants
Carex rostrata Flowering Plants
Eriophorum vaginatum Flowering Plants
Juncus filiformis Flowering Plants
Menyanthes trifoliata Flowering Plants
Potentilla palustris Flowering Plants
Vaccinium oxycoccos Flowering Plants
Vaccinium uliginosum Flowering Plants
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Flowering Plants
Aulacomnium palustre Mosses & Liverworts
Pleurozium schreberi Mosses & Liverworts
Polytrichum commune Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum angustifolium Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum fallax Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum girgensohnii Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum magellanicum Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum recurvum Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum riparium 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) G3.D41 Boreal acidophile sphagnum spruce woods same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 G3.D41 Boreal acidophile sphagnum spruce woods same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 G3.D41 Boreal acidophile sphagnum spruce woods same
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