U72 Unvegetated or sparsely vegetated gravel bar in the Mediterranean region

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This habitat includes silt, sandy and gravel banks and shores in the Mediterranean region in which sediments are exposed in summer and redeposited by winter floods. It occurs both in the channels of intermittently flowing rivers and on the bottoms or at the edges of lakes. Where vegetation develops, it includes plants tolerant of either extremely dry or very wet conditions, often pioneer and nitrophilous species, both annual and perennial. The occurrence of particular species also depends on the physical and chemical character of the debris.

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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