R1C Desert steppe

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Continental, temperate very dry zonal steppe, occurring in a transition belt between the true steppe region and the semi-desert region of southern Ukraine, the south-east of European Russia and ranging further into Kazakhstan. Dry steppe is dominated by a combination of xerophytic tall and low grasses, e.g. Agropyron and Stipa, and xerophytic semi-shrubs, e.g. Artemisia and Tanacetum. Vegetation cover is relatively low, with most biomass belowground. Typically found on southern black soil (chernozems) and light chestnut soils (kastanozems).

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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