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Dominating field layer type
Low herb
Tall herb
Soil without field layer
Grass
Sedge-horsetail
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Other shrubs
Lichens
Tree layer
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17/3/2006

Vegetation types

In the system for site quality classification used in Sweden today, vegetation type is an important part because it reflects soil fertility. For example the low and tall herbs indicate favourable soil conditions whereas lichens indicate less favourable conditions.


Dominerande vegetationstypsklass Örter utan ris Örter med ris Soil without field layer
Grass Sedge-horsetail Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Other shrubs
Lichens

 

Maps were developed by merging SK's classes for field layer type according to the following:

Class

Consists of

Low herb

Low herbs without shrubs + Low herbs with shrubs

Tall herb

Tall herbs without shrubs + Tall herbs with shrubs

Soil without field layer

Soil without field layer

Grass

Broad-leaved grass types + Thin-leaved grass types

Sedge-horsetail

Sedge-horsetail

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Other shrubs

Cowberry type + Crowberry-heather type + Dwarf shrub type

Lichens

Lichen rich type + Lichen type

 

Outline of vegetation types

Outline of vegetation types giving a brief description of how the field layer types are classified.

For a more detailed description see:
Hägglund, B. och Lundmark, J-E., 1982. Handledning i Bonitering med Skogshögskolans boniteringssystem. Del 3, Markvegetationstyper-skogsmarksflora. Skogsstyrelsen, Jönköping. (in Swedish)

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