Vegetation Science Group

Department of Botany and Zoology | Faculty of Science | Masaryk University

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance AAA
Loiseleurio procumbentis-Vaccinion Br.-Bl. in Br.-Bl. et Jenny 1926

The Loiseleurio-Vaccinion includes dwarf-shrub vegetation in the alpine belt, where it occurs on wind-swept slopes and ridges with shallow snow cover. The dominating species include Calluna vulgaris, Empetrum nigrum s. l., and outside the Czech Republic also Loiseleuria procumbens and Vaccinium gaultherioides. Various arctic-alpine species frequently occur in this vegetation type.

Orig. (Braun-Blanquet & Jenny 1926): Loiseleurieto-Vaccinion (Loiseleuria procumbens, Vaccinium myrtillus, V. uliginosum, V. vitis-idaea)

Diagnostic species: Avenella flexuosa, Carex bigelowii, Diphasiastrum alpinum, Empetrum nigrum s. l. (E. hermaphroditum), Festuca supina, Hieracium alpinum agg., Huperzia selago, Juncus trifidus, Vaccinium vitis-idaea; Alectoria ochroleuca, Cetraria islandica, C. nivalis, Cladonia bellidiflora, C. grayi, C. macilenta, C. merochlorophaea, C. pleurota, C. uncialis, Polytrichastrum alpinum, Racomitrium lanuginosum, Thamnolia vermicularis

Constant species: Avenella flexuosa, Calluna vulgaris, Empetrum nigrum s. l. (E. hermaphroditum), Festuca supina, Hieracium alpinum agg., Vaccinium myrtillus, V. vitis-idaea; Cetraria islandica

Source: Chytrý M. (2007): AAA Loiseleurio procumbentis-Vaccinion Br.-Bl. in Br.-Bl. et Jenny 1926. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 1. Travinná a keříčková vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic. 1. Grassland and Heathland Vegetation]. Academia, Praha, p. 66.