German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Medio-European limestone beech forests of the Cephalanthero-Fagion

NATURA 2000 Code: 9150


Xerothermic beech forests often on shallow calcareous soils derived from weathered calcareous rock (rendzinas) on dry and warm sites. The tree and shrub layers are species-rich with sessile oak (Quercus petraea), whitebeam (Sorbus aria), field maple (Acer campestre), common privet (Ligustrum vulgare) etc., the herbaceous layer is species-rich with numerous thermophilous and calciphilous species, incl. orchids.

Notes on habitat mapping:

This type is distinguished from  Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests (9130) by the presence of thermophilous plant species. It is distinguished from  Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines (9180) by i.a. the lack of hygrophilous species in the herbaceous layer and the lack of Acer pseudoplatanus in the tree layer.

Last Change: 16/01/2012