S68 Semi-desert sand dune with sparse scrub

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Open perennial vegetation of halophytic shrubs, e.g. Artemisia spp., Haloxylon spp., Salsola spp. and Tamarix spp., and annuals on wind-blown drifting or stabilised dunes and sandy soils in the semi-desert region of the Caspian lowlands. If overgrazed, this habitat can change into shifting dunes (barkhans) devoid of vegetation.

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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