Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Class TC
Festuco-Puccinellietea Soó ex Vicherek 1973
Saline grasslands

TCA Puccinellion limosae

TCB Juncion gerardii

This class includes low-growing perennial grasslands on inland saline soils influenced by trampling or grazing. It is found on slightly less saline soils and drier sites than the annual halophytic vegetation of Crypsietea aculeatae and Thero-Salicornietea. In the local microtopography of well-developed, zoned saline communites, these perennial grasslands are usually confined to slightly elevated habitats.

Orig. (Vicherek 1973): Festuco-Puccinellietea Soó 1968

Syn.: Puccinellio-Salicornietea Ţopa 1939 pp. (§ 36, nomen ambiguum), Festuco-Puccinellietea Soó 1968 (§ 2b, nomen ambiguum)

Diagnostic species: Achillea asplenifolia, Agrostis stolonifera, Aster tripolium subsp. pannonicus, Bolboschoenus maritimus s. l., Carex distans, C. otrubae, C. secalina, Eleocharis uniglumis, Festuca arundinacea, Inula britannica, Juncus compressus, J. gerardii, Lotus tenuis, Lythrum virgatum, Melilotus dentatus, Odontites vernus, Plantago maritima, Potentilla anserina, Puccinellia distans, Pulegium vulgare, Pulicaria vulgaris, Scorzonera parviflora, Senecio erraticus, Spergularia maritima, Taraxacum bessarabicum, Tetragonolobus maritimus, Trifolium fragiferum

Constant species: Agrostis stolonifera, Juncus gerardii, Lotus tenuis, Melilotus dentatus, Odontites vernus, Potentilla anserina, Ranunculus repens, Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia, Trifolium fragiferum

Source: Šumberová K., Novák J. & Sádlo J. (2007): TC Festuco-Puccinellietea Soó ex Vicherek 1973. 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. 150-152.