Festuca pallens grassland

English name: Pale fescue grassland

Description (English)

Subcontinental xeric, thermophile grasslands of middle European collinar rock ledges, mostly dominated by the strong tufts of the glaucous Festuca pallens, Festuca sadlerana and Festuca pannonica and of the green Sesleria albicans, and with Dianthus gratianopolitanus, Carex humilis, Melica ciliata, Aster alpinus, Artemisia campestris ssp. lednicensis, Hieracium spp., Biscutella laevigata ssp. varia, Teucrium botrys, Teucrium montanum, Helianthemum canum, Iris aphylla, Allium strictum, Allium senescens ssp. montanum, locally distributed from French Jura and Rhine valley to sub-Pannonic foothils and Carpathians in Romania. The communities of the Festucion pallescentis often occupy isolated stations and include rare or relictual species which impart to many of them a distinctive biogeographical and physiognomic individuality. In particular, rare and highly disjunct western outposts occur in the Meuse basin of the Belgian and French Ardennes, harbouring, among others, very isolated populations of Draba aizoides var. montana, Artemisia alba ssp. saxatilis and Hieracium vogesiacum.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code E1.29
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (E1.2)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Allium strictum
Flowering Plants Aster alpinus
Flowering Plants Carex humilis
Flowering Plants Dianthus gratianopolitanus
Flowering Plants Festuca pallens
Flowering Plants Festuca pannonica
Flowering Plants Helianthemum canum
Flowering Plants Hieracium vogesiacum
Flowering Plants Iris aphylla
Flowering Plants Melica ciliata
Flowering Plants Sesleria albicans
Flowering Plants Teucrium botrys
Flowering Plants Teucrium montanum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Allium strictum Flowering Plants
Aster alpinus Flowering Plants
Carex humilis Flowering Plants
Dianthus gratianopolitanus Flowering Plants
Festuca pallens Flowering Plants
Festuca pannonica Flowering Plants
Helianthemum canum Flowering Plants
Hieracium vogesiacum Flowering Plants
Iris aphylla Flowering Plants
Melica ciliata Flowering Plants
Sesleria albicans Flowering Plants
Teucrium botrys Flowering Plants
Teucrium montanum Flowering Plants

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 34.35 Pale fescue grasslands source
CORINE Land Cover 3.2.1. Natural grassland n/a
Milieux Naturels de Suisse 1998 4.2.2 Pelouse sèche médio-européenne overlap
Biotopes of the Czech Republic 2001 T3.1 SKALNÍ VEGETACE S KOSTŘAVOU SIVOU (FESTUCA PALLENS) (Rock-outcrop vegetation with Festuca pallens) narrower
Biotopes of the Czech Republic 2001 T3.2 PĚCHAVOVÉ TRÁVNÍKY (Sesleria grasslands) narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E1.29 Festuca pallens grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E1.29 Festuca pallens grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E1.29 Festuca pallens grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E1.29 Festuca pallens grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E1.29 Festuca pallens grasslands same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E1.115 Pale fescue grasslands same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 34.35 Pale fescue grasslands same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 34.35 Pale fescue grasslands same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 34.35   same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 34.35   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 34.35   same
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 34.35   same
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