S67 Aralo-Caspian semi-desert

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Zonal scrub on loamy and sandy-loamy, often subsaline soils of the semi-deserts of the Caucasus foothills, South-Eastern European Russia and Kazakhstan. The open vegetation is dominated by species of Artemisia and other sub-halophytic shrubs (e.g. Petrosimonia spp. and Salsola spp.). In the Caspian lowland, this habitat reaches its north-western distribution limit, having its main distribution in the desert regions surrounding the Caspian Sea, in the basin that used to support Aral Lake, and further into central Asia.

Chytrý M., Tichý L., Hennekens S.M., Knollová I., Janssen J.A.M., Rodwell J.S. … Schaminée J.H.J. (2020) EUNIS Habitat Classification: expert system, characteristic species combinations and distribution maps of European habitats. Applied Vegetation Science 23: 648–675. https://doi.org/10.1111/avsc.12519

Version 2021-06-01, https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4812736.

For the official presentation of the EUNIS Habitat Classification from the European Environment Agency, please see: EUNIS Terrestrial Habitat Classification 2021. The FloraVeg.EU presentation may show modifications and partial updates to the habitat classification.

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