British NVC community MG1

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British NVC community MG1 (Arrhenatherum elatius grassland) is one of the mesotrophic grassland communities in the British National Vegetation Classification system.

It is a very widespread community throughout the British lowlands. There are five subcommunities.

This type of plant community was described in 1919 as Arrhenatheretum elatioris Br.-Bl..

Community composition[edit]

The following constant species are found in this community:

One rare species, Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans), is associated with this community.

Distribution[edit]

This community is very widespread in lowland areas in England, Wales and southern and eastern Scotland.

Subcommunities[edit]

There are five subcommunities, and two of these have been further subdivided into a number of variants:

  • the Festuca rubra subcommunity, subdivided into:
    • a Centaurea scabiosa variant
    • a Geranium pratense variant
    • a Bromus sterilis variant
    • a Myrrhis odorata variant
    • an Epilobium angustifolium variant
  • the Urtica dioica subcommunity, subdivided into:
    • a Papaver rhoeas variant
    • an Artemisia vulgaris variant
    • an Epilobium hirsutum variant
  • the Filipendula ulmaria subcommunity
  • the Pastinaca sativa subcommunity
  • the Centaurea nigra subcommunity

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