SUBALPINE MEADOWS AND HEATHS OF LEAOTA

From early June, the researchers of Foundation Conservation Carpathia focused on the subalpine area of Leaota Mountain.

The majority of the subalpine meadows of Leaota are not primeval meadows but grew following the distraction of subalpine heaths and the ancient spruce forests. In the past, this habit was widespread in the Carpathians and had the purpose to extend the surface of the meadows for sheep and cattle grazing. Since then, these meadows are maintained by grazing.

Serrate bell flower (Campanula serrata), a rare species protected all around Europe, is quite frequent on these meadows.

The heaths consisting mainly of Carpathian rhododendron (Rhododendron myrtifolium), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), spike heath (Bruckenthalia spiculifolia) and juniper (Juniperus sibirica); the communities up on Leaota are protected habitas according to the European Council Directive 92/43/EEC.

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