Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance THC
Diantho lumnitzeri-Seslerion (Soó 1971) Chytrý et Mucina in Mucina et al. 1993

This is grassland vegetation dominated by Sesleria caerulea, occurring on north-facing cliffs and rocky slopes in warm and dry areas of Central Europe. It contains a mixture of thermophilous species of dry grasslands and dealpine species, which were probably widespread on base-rich substrata of the lowlands during the last Ice Age, but have largely retreated to higher altitudes of the Alps and Carpathians in the Holocene.

Orig. (Mucina et al. 1993a): Diantho lumnitzeri-Seslerion albicantis (Soó 1971) Chytrý et Mucina comb. nova (S. caerulea, S. heuflerana, S. hungarica, S. sadlerana)

Syn.: Seslerio-Festucion glaucae Klika 1931 p. p. (§ 35), Seslerio-Festucion pallentis Klika 1931 corr. Zólyomi 1966 p. p. (§ 35), Festucion pallentis (Klika 1931) Korneck 1974 p. p., Diantho-Seslerienion Soó 1971 (suballiance), Cynancho vincetoxici-Seslerienion calcariae Kolbek in Moravec et al. 1983 (suballiance), Asplenio cuneifolii-Armerion serpentini Kolbek et al. in Moravec et al. 1983 p. p.

Diagnostic species: Allium senescens subsp. montanum, Asperula cynanchica, Asplenium ruta-muraria, A. trichomanes, Biscutella laevigata, Cardaminopsis petraea, Centaurea stoebe, Cotoneaster integerrimus, Dianthus moravicus, Festuca pallens, Helianthemum canum, Jovibarba globifera subsp. globifera, Potentilla arenaria, Saxifraga paniculata, Sedum album, Seseli osseum, Sesleria caerulea, Stachys recta, Tephroseris integrifolia, Thymus praecox; Bartramia ithyphylla, B. pomiformis, Ditrichum flexicaule, Rhytidium rugosum, Squamarina cartilaginea, Tortella tortuosa

Constant species: Allium senescens subsp. montanum, Asperula cynanchica, Centaurea stoebe, Euphorbia cyparissias, Festuca pallens, Potentilla arenaria, Sedum album, Seseli osseum, Sesleria caerulea, Thymus praecox

Source: Chytrý M. (2007): THC Diantho lumnitzeri-Seslerion (Soó 1971) Chytrý et Mucina in Mucina et al. 1993. 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. 398-399.