Beech Forests

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Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands The Colchic forests comprise several types of vegetation, among which the East-Euxinian beech forests and oak forests that alternate with hornbeam-chestnut-beech forests. (Nomination Text, p. 23)
Durmitor National Park The dominant species include ... beech ... (AB ev) (Fagus sylvatica)
Fanjingshan the largest and most contiguous primeval beech forest in the subtropical region (AB ev)
Great Smoky Mountains
Lorentz National Park Nothofagus beech forests
Los Alerces National Park "Dominated by a number of Southern Beech species" (AB ev)
Los Glaciares Subantarctic or Magellanic forest dominated by the cold-hardy southern beech, Nothofagus (UNEP-WCMC)
Meteora beech Fagus sylvatica forest above 700m (UNEP-WCMC)
Mount Etna "The mountain zone (mainly falling within the core zone) is generally referred to as the "beech belt" but on Etna, where the beech is at the extreme southern limit of its distribution range, it is spread in a very fragmentary way. The present beech woods on Etna can, in fact, be considered relicts of the much bigger formations which were widespread in the post glacial period when the climate was colder and wetter. (...) These beech forests in Mount Etna reach the highest altitudes ever recorded in Europe, and at the same time they represent the most southern location (the lowest latitude)." (Nomination file, p. 59-60)
Pirin National Park At lower levels between 1,000 and 1,500m, some broadleaf forest mainly of beech Fagus sylvatica, covers 5% of the Park (UNEP-WCMC)
Plitvice Lakes The forest comprises pure stands of beech Fagus sylvatica at lower altitudes and mixed stands of beech and fir Abies alba higher up. (UNEP-WCMC)
Primeval Beech Forests European beech
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu Ordesa and monte perdido: "At elevations up to 1,000-1,700 meters, there are extensive forests of beeches (Fagus sylvatica), Abies alba, pines (Pinus sylvestris), oaks (Quercus subpyrenaica), and a lesser extent of birches (Betula pendula), ashes (Fraxinus excelsior), willows (Salix angustifolia)."
Shirakami-Sanchi Japanese beech or Siebold's beech, native to Japan
Te Wahipounamu Southern beech (a separate family from the other European / Asian beeches, but within the same Fagales order).
Tongariro National Park Southern beech


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