Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance TFC
Armerion elongatae Pötsch 1962

This alliance includes sand grasslands dominated by tussock-forming, narrow-leaved species of the genus Festuca, in particular F. brevipila and F. ovina. In the successional series of sand grasslands, they follow the initial vegetation of the Corynephorion canescentis on moving dunes. They develop on consolidated sandy soils with higher humus and fine soil particle content. The vegetation of this alliance is found in sandy areas of the Central European lowlands, most commonly in northern Germany and Poland.

Orig. (Pötsch 1962): Armerion elongatae (Armeria elongata ~ A. vulgaris)

Syn.: Armerion elongatae Krausch 1959 ms. (§ 1), Armerion elongatae Krausch 1962 (§ 2b, nomen nudum), Plantagini-Festucion Passarge 1964, Vicio lathyroidis-Potentillion argenteae Brzeg in Brzeg et Wojterska 1996 p. p.

Diagnostic species: Agrostis vinealis, Armeria vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, Artemisia campestris, Berteroa incana, Corynephorus canescens, Cynodon dactylon, Dianthus deltoides, Erysimum diffusum, Festuca brevipila, F. vaginata subsp. dominii, Helichrysum arenarium, Herniaria glabra, Hypochaeris radicata, Potentilla argentea, Rumex acetosella, Rumex thyrsiflorus, Thymus serpyllum, Trifolium arvense; Ceratodon purpureus, Cladonia pyxidata

Constant species: Achillea millefolium agg. (predominantly A. collina), Agrostis capillaris, Armeria vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, Artemisia campestris, Euphorbia cyparissias, Festuca brevipila, Hieracium pilosella, Hypericum perforatum, Hypochaeris radicata, Plantago lanceolata, Poa pratensis s. l., Potentilla argentea, Rumex acetosella, Trifolium arvense; Ceratodon purpureus, Cladonia pyxidata

Source: Sádlo J. & Chytrý M. (2007): TFC Armerion elongatae Pötsch 1962. 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. 343-344.