Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association TFC01
Sileno otitae-Festucetum brevipilae Libbert 1933 corr. Kratzert et Dengler 1999

Sileno otitae-Festucetum brevipilae

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This is a Festuca brevipila dominated grassland, occurring on sandy soils at disturbed sites, such as trampled or mown lawns in and around villages, along roads, on playgrounds, margins of pine forests, and on military training grounds. It is most common in sandy areas along the Labe river and in the Doksy region of northern Bohemia, but scattered localities are also found on terraces of other rivers and on sandy deposits derived from weathered granite in different parts of the Bohemian Massif.

Nomen inversum propositum

Orig. (Libbert 1933): Festuca ovina-Silene otites-Assoziation (Festuca ovina ~ F. brevipila)

Syn.: Armerio-Festucetum Knapp ex Hohenester 1960, Cerastio arvensis-Festucetum trachyphyllae Kovář 1981

Diagnostic species: Armeria vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, Corynephorus canescens, Festuca brevipila, Herniaria glabra, Hypochaeris radicata, Potentilla argentea, Rumex thyrsiflorus; Brachythecium albicans

Constant species: Achillea millefolium agg. (predominantly A. collina), Agrostis capillaris, Armeria vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, Festuca brevipila, F. rubra agg., F. rupicola, Hieracium pilosella, Hypochaeris radicata, Plantago lanceolata, Poa pratensis s. l., Potentilla argentea, Rumex acetosella; Brachythecium albicans, Ceratodon purpureus

Dominant species: Agrostis capillaris, Festuca brevipila

Formal definition: Festuca brevipila cover > 5 % NOT Group Cirsium arvense NOT Lolium perenne cover > 25 % NOT Sempervivum tectorum cover > 25 %

Source: Sádlo J. (2007): TFC01 Sileno otitae-Festucetum brevipilae Libbert 1933 corr. Kratzert et Dengler 1999. 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. 345-347.