Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association TGA01
Diantho serotini-Festucetum vaginatae Klika 1934

Diantho serotini-Festucetum vaginatae

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This species-rich sand grassland type occurs at the north-western distribution limits of the alliance Festucion vaginatae and it is transitional towards the alliance Corynephorion canescentis. Its stands are dominated by Festuca vaginata subsp. dominii, Corynephorus canescens, and in places, Stipa borysthenica. Unlike most other communities of the Festucion vaginatae, they occur on base-poor acidic sands. In the Czech Republic they are restricted to a few sites in the sand area near Hodonín in southern Moravia, where they develop from initial Corynephorus canescens grasslands on slightly consolidated sand dunes.

Nomen inversum propositum

Orig. (Klika 1934): Festuca vaginata-Dianthus serotinus-Assoziation

Diagnostic species: Agrostis vinealis, Arenaria serpyllifolia agg., Carex stenophylla, C. supina, Cerastium pumilum s. l., C. semidecandrum, Corynephorus canescens, Cynodon dactylon, Erophila verna, Erysimum diffusum, Festuca vaginata subsp. dominii, Filago minima, Helichrysum arenarium, Herniaria glabra, Jasione montana, Linaria genistifolia, Myosotis stricta, Oenothera sp., Rumex acetosella, Scleranthus perennis, Silene otites s. l. (S. otites s. str.), S. viscosa, Spergula morisonii, Thymus serpyllum, Trifolium arvense, T. campestre, Veronica dillenii, V. verna, Vicia lathyroides; Ceratodon purpureus, Cetraria aculeata, Cladonia coccifera, C. foliacea, C. furcata, C. phyllophora, C. pocillum, C. rangiformis, Peltigera rufescens, Polytrichum piliferum

Constant species: Agrostis vinealis, Arenaria serpyllifolia agg., Artemisia campestris, Carex hirta, Carex supina, Cerastium semidecandrum, Corynephorus canescens, Cynodon dactylon, Erysimum diffusum, Euphorbia cyparissias, Festuca vaginata subsp. dominii, Helichrysum arenarium, Hieracium pilosella, Hypericum perforatum, Jasione montana, Linaria genistifolia, Rumex acetosella, Silene otites s. l. (S. otites s. str.), Thymus serpyllum, Trifolium arvense, Veronica dillenii; Ceratodon purpureus, Cetraria aculeata, Cladonia foliacea, C. furcata, C. phyllophora, C. pocillum, C. rangiformis, Polytrichum piliferum

Dominant species: Agrostis vinealis, Corynephorus canescens, Festuca vaginata subsp. dominii; Ceratodon purpureus, Cladonia rangiformis

Formal definition: Group Festuca vaginata NOT Corynephorus canescens cover > 50 % NOT Festuca ovina cover > 25 %

Source: Chytrý M. (2007): TGA01 Diantho serotini-Festucetum vaginatae Klika 1934. 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. 367-370.