Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association TDA04
Potentillo albae-Festucetum rubrae Blažková 1979

Potentillo albae-Festucetum rubrae

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These species-rich meadows, dominated by Festuca rubra agg., are found on river terraces that are wet in spring but dry out in summer. They are mown once a year and left without artificial fertilization. In the past such light-use meadows were more common, but these became rare in recent decades. Most current localities are found along the Berounka river in western and central Bohemia. Scattered stands are also found elsewhere in the country.

Orig. (Blažková 1979): Potentillo albae-Festucetum rubrae Blažková, ass. nova

Diagnostic species: Avenula pubescens, Campanula patula, C. rotundifolia agg. (predominantly C. rotundifolia s. str.), Erophila verna, Knautia arvensis agg., Leontodon hispidus, Leucanthemum vulgare agg., Peucedanum oreoselinum, Potentilla alba, Ranunculus bulbosus, Rumex thyrsiflorus, Saxifraga granulata, Thlaspi caerulescens, Trifolium dubium, T. pratense, Trisetum flavescens

Constant species: Achillea millefolium agg. (predominantly A. collina, A. millefolium s. str. a A. pratensis), Agrostis capillaris, Alopecurus pratensis, Anthoxanthum odoratum s. l. (A. odoratum s. str.), Arrhenatherum elatius, Avenula pubescens, Campanula patula, C. rotundifolia agg. (predominantly C. rotundifolia s. str.), Cerastium holosteoides subsp. triviale, Dactylis glomerata, Festuca rubra agg., Galium mollugo agg. (predominantly G. album subsp. album), G. verum agg. (predominantly G. verum s. str.), Geranium pratense, Heracleum sphondylium, Holcus lanatus, Knautia arvensis agg., Lathyrus pratensis, Leontodon hispidus, Leucanthemum vulgare agg., Luzula campestris agg. (predominantly L. campestris s. str.), Peucedanum oreoselinum, Pimpinella saxifraga, Plantago lanceolata, Poa pratensis s. l., Potentilla alba, Ranunculus acris, Rumex acetosa, Salvia pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis, Saxifraga granulata, Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia, Thlaspi caerulescens, Trifolium dubium, T. pratense, T. repens, Trisetum flavescens, Veronica chamaedrys agg. (predominantly V. chamaedrys s. str.), Vicia cracca; Plagiomnium affine s. l.

Dominant species: Agrostis capillaris, Dianthus carthusianorum s. l. (D. carthusianorum s. str.), Festuca rubra agg., F. rupicola, Leontodon hispidus, Trisetum flavescens; Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus

Formal definition: Group Peucedanum oreoselinum

Source: Blažková D. (2007): TDA04 Potentillo albae-Festucetum rubrae Blažková 1979. 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. 178-181.