British NVC community MC5 (Armeria maritima – Cerastium diffusum ssp. diffusum maritime therophyte community)

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British NVC community MC5 (Armeria maritima - Cerastium diffusum ssp. diffusum maritime therophyte community) is one of the maritime cliff communities in the British National Vegetation Classification system. It is one of five communities categorised as maritime cliff crevice and ledge communities.

This community is widespread on the western coasts of Britain, and localised on coasts elsewhere. There are four subcommunities.

Community composition[edit]

Six constant species are found in this community:

The following rare species are associated with this community:

Distribution[edit]

This community is found widely on the coast of the South West Peninsula, and on western coasts of Wales and Scotland. It is more localised on the eastern coast of Scotland, with one stand recorded from Sussex.

Subcommunities[edit]

There are four subcommunities:

  • the Desmazeria marina subcommunity
  • the Anthyllis vulneraria subcommunity
  • the Aira praecox subcommunity
  • the Arenaris serpyllifolia subcommunity

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