Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association TCB02
Loto tenuis-Potentilletum anserinae Vicherek 1973

Loto tenuis-Potentilletum anserinae

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Loto-Potentilletum is the most common saline grassland type of the Czech Republic, but it lacks most of the specialized halophytic plants, and the core of its species composition consists of facultative halophytes. Earlier it was found near saline springs and at communal pastures around villages. Today it is typical of trampled sites such as village football grounds. It is distributed in dry lowlands of northern and central Bohemia as well as in southern Moravia.

Orig. (Vicherek 1973): Loto-Potentilletum anserinae Vicherek as. nov. (Lotus tenuis)

Syn.: Agrostio-Trifolietum fragiferi Sýkora 1983

Diagnostic species: Achillea asplenifolia, Carex distans, Festuca arundinacea, Juncus compressus, J. gerardii, Lotus tenuis, Melilotus dentatus, Odontites vernus, Pastinaca sativa, Potentilla anserina, Pulicaria dysenterica, Tetragonolobus maritimus, Trifolium fragiferum

Constant species: Agrostis stolonifera, Lolium perenne, Lotus tenuis, Melilotus dentatus, Odontites vernus, Pastinaca sativa, Plantago major, Potentilla anserina, Ranunculus repens, Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia, Trifolium fragiferum

Dominant species: Agrostis stolonifera, Festuca pratensis, Lolium perenne, Lotus tenuis, Plantago major, Potentilla anserina, Trifolium fragiferum

Formal definition: Group Trifolium fragiferum NOT Group Aster *pannonicus NOT Group Scorzonera parviflora

Source: Novák J. & Šumberová K. (2007): TCB02 Loto tenuis-Potentilletum anserinae 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. 159-161.