Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association TCA01
Puccinellietum limosae Soó 1933

Puccinellietum limosae

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This association includes open low-growing grasslands dominated by Puccinellia distans (P. limosa does not occur in the Czech Republic). They are found in drier parts of saline sites that are flat or slightly elevated and do not contain wet depressions. Soils are slightly wet in spring, but dry out in summer. These grasslands were traditionally grazed or trampled. They occurred in several places in the dry lowlands of southern Moravia, but only four localities are still extant.

Orig. (Soó 1933): Puccinellietum limosae

Diagnostic species: Aster tripolium subsp. pannonicus, Atriplex prostrata subsp. latifolia, Crypsis aculeata, Glaux maritima, Heleochloa schoenoides, Inula britannica, Juncus gerardii, Lotus tenuis, Melilotus dentatus, Plantago maritima, Potentilla anserina, Puccinellia distans, Pulicaria dysenterica, Spergularia maritima, S. salina, Taraxacum bessarabicum, Trifolium fragiferum; Drepanocladus aduncus

Constant species: Aster tripolium subsp. pannonicus, Atriplex prostrata subsp. latifolia, Lotus tenuis, Plantago maritima, Potentilla anserina, Puccinellia distans, Spergularia maritima, Taraxacum bessarabicum

Dominant species: Aster tripolium subsp. pannonicus, Plantago maritima, Puccinellia distans, Spergularia maritima

Formal definition: Group Aster *pannonicus NOT Group Scorzonera parviflora NOT Heleochloa schoenoides cover > 25 % NOT Potentilla anserina cover > 50 % NOT Salicornia prostrata cover > 25 % NOT Suaeda prostrata cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K., Novák J. & Sádlo J. (2007): TCA01 Puccinellietum limosae Soó 1933. 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. 153-155.