Calcareous Woodlands


An alkaline, gypsum-based area, sparsely covered with mixed woodland. A calcareous woodland has the appearance of a woodland glade, with an open canopy and limited shrub layer. Outcroppings of gypsum are common, as are sinkholes and small depressions where gypsum has dissolved. Calcareous woodlands are often described as lush in growth, with many orchids and other ground flora found growing among moss-covered fallen logs.

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