Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association ADD05
Chaerophyllo hirsuti-Cicerbitetum alpinae (Kästner 1938) Sýkora et Hadač 1984

Chaerophyllo hirsuti-Cicerbitetum alpinae

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Chaerophyllo-Cicerbitetum includes tall-forb stands dominated by Cicerbita alpina and Petasites albus, with frequent occurrence of forest species and subalpine tall forbs. It mainly occurs in shaded habitats of the montane belt, usually along streams on the bottoms of forested valleys. Some of these sites are naturally treeless, e.g. due to high snow accumulation or natural disturbances due to tree fall, however, this vegetation type may also be found in secondary habitats. It occurs in most of the mountain ranges along the border of the Czech Republic.

Orig. (Sýkora & Hadač 1984): Chaerophyllo-Cicerbitetum alpinae, nomen novum; Basionym: Mulgedietum alpini montanum Kästner l. c. (Chaerophyllum hirsutum)

Syn.: Petasitetum albi Zlatník 1928 (§ 36, nomen ambiguum), Petasito albi-Cicerbitetum alpinae Tüxen 1937 prov. (§ 3b), Mulgedietum alpini montanum Kästner 1938 (§ 34), Adenostylo-Athyrietum alpestris petasitetosum albi Kopecký et Hejný 1971, Chaerophyllo-Petasitetum albi Sýkora et Hadač 1984

Diagnostic species: Athyrium distentifolium, Cicerbita alpina, Doronicum austriacum, Petasites albus, Prenanthes purpurea, Ranunculus platanifolius, Stellaria nemorum, Valeriana excelsa subsp. sambucifolia; Pellia epiphylla, Rhizomnium punctatum, Sanionia uncinata

Constant species: Athyrium distentifolium, A. filix-femina, Chaerophyllum hirsutum, Cicerbita alpina, Crepis paludosa, Galeobdolon luteum s. l., Oxalis acetosella, Petasites albus, Prenanthes purpurea, Ranunculus platanifolius, Rubus idaeus, Senecio nemorensis agg., Stellaria nemorum, Urtica dioica; Plagiomnium affine s. l., Rhizomnium punctatum

Dominant species: Cicerbita alpina, Petasites albus

Formal definition: Cicerbita alpina cover > 25 % AND (Group Cardamine *amara OR Group Petasites albus)

Source: Kočí M. (2007): ADD05 Chaerophyllo hirsuti-Cicerbitetum alpinae (Kästner 1938) Sýkora et Hadač 1984. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 1. Travinná a keříčková vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic. 1. Grassland and Heathland Vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 124-126.