Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association SCA03
Teucrio botryos-Melicetum ciliatae Volk 1937

Teucrio botryos-Melicetum ciliatae

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This association includes calcicolous scree vegetation dominated by the grass Melica ciliata, which is accompanied by Teucrium botrys and several thermophilous species of dry grasslands. It has been recorded at a single site in the Czech Republic: a marble scree slope near the village of Horní Dunajovice in south-western Moravia. In the past the open character of this site and scree movement had been probably supported by grazing; now it is threatened by encroachment of bushes and Robinia pseudacacia.

Orig. (Volk 1937): Melica ciliata-Teucrium botrys-Assoziation, Assoziation von Melica ciliata und Teucrium Botrys .Melica ciliata subsp. nebrodensis)

Syn.: Melicetum ciliatae Kaiser 1926 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School)

Diagnostic species: Acinos arvensis, Allium flavum, Alyssum alyssoides, Anthyllis vulneraria, Asplenium ruta-muraria, Bothriochloa ischaemum, Campanula sibirica, Carlina vulgaris s. l., Convolvulus arvensis, Echium vulgare, Euphorbia waldsteinii, Galium glaucum, Hieracium bauhini, Inula conyzae, I. oculus-christi, Linum tenuifolium, Melica ciliata, Minuartia setacea, Pimpinella saxifraga. Potentilla arenaria, Reseda lutea, Sedum album, S. sexangulare, Teucrium botrys, Thymus praecox; Ceratodon purpureus, Tortella inclinata

Constant species: Acinos arvensis, Allium flavum, Alyssum alyssoides. Anthyllis vulneraria. Arrhenatherum elatius. Asplenium ruta-muraria, Bothriochloa ischaemum, Campanula sibirica, Carlina vulgaris s. l., Convolvulus arvensis, Echium vulgare, Eryngium campestre, Euphorbia waldsteinii, Galium glaucum, Hieracium bauhini. H. pilosella. Hypericum perforatum, Inula conyzae, I. oculus-christi, Linum tenuifolium, Melica ciliata, Minuartia setacea, Pimpinella saxifraga, Potentilla arenaria, Reseda lutea, Sanguisorba minor, Sedum album, S. sexangulare, Teucrium botrys, T. chamaedrys, Thymus praecox; Ceratodon purpureus, Tortella inclinata

Dominant species: Melica ciliata

Formal definition: Melica ciliata cover > 25 % NOT Sedum album cover > 5 %

Source: Chytrý M. (2009): SCA03 Teucrio botryos-Melicetum ciliatae Volk 1937. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 2. Ruderální, plevelová, skalní a su»ová vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 2. Ruderal, weed, rock and scree vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 457-459.