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Medio-European limestone beech forests of the Cephalanthero-Fagion

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.

Natura 2000-Code

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.

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