Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance TEF
Genisto pilosae-Vaccinion Br.-Bl. 1926

This alliance includes heathlands with Calluna vulgaris, Vaccinium myrtillus and V. vitis-idaea confined to sites without pronounced summer drought and with continuous snow cover in winter, which has a frost-protective effect. Like other heathlands, they occupy acidic, nutrient-poor soils. This alliance is distributed in the Hercynian mountain ranges of western and Central Europe. It may form either the natural vegetation of rock outcrops and areas above the timberline, or secondary vegetation on deforested sites.

Orig. (Braun-Blanquet 1926): Genisteto-Vaccinion (Genista pilosa, Vaccinium myrtillus, V. uliginosum)

Syn.: Genisto-Vaccinion Luquet 1926 (§ 33), Genistion pilosae Duvigneaud 1942 (fantom), Vaccinion myrtilli Krajina 1933 p. p., Genistion Böcher 1943, Myrtillion boreale Böcher 1943, Vaccinion Böcher 1943 (fantom), Vaccinion vitis-idaeae Böcher 1943 (fantom), Calluno-Genistion Duvigneaud 1944

Diagnostic species: Calluna vulgaris, Vaccinium myrtillus, V. vitis-idaea

Constant species: Avenella flexuosa, Calluna vulgaris, Vaccinium myrtillus, V. vitis-idaea; Pleurozium schreberi

Source: Chytrý M. & Härtel H. (2007): TEF Genisto pilosae-Vaccinion Br.-Bl. 1926. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 1. Travinná a keříčková vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic. 1. Grassland and Heathland Vegetation]. Academia, Praha, p. 311.