Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association THC01
Carici humilis-Seslerietum caeruleae Zlatník 1928

Carici humilis-Seslerietum caeruleae

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This is a drier type of Sesleria caerulea grasslands which includes a number of dry grassland specialists but only few dealpine species. At some sites it constitutes the natural vegetation of rock outcrops, but it is also found in secondary habitats, where it had extended under the influence of grazing. It usually occurs on limestone and rarely also on base-rich siliceous rocks such as basalt. It is most common in the Bohemian Karst and in the Vltava valley near Prague. Some sites are found in dry areas of northern Bohemia and in the Svratka valley near Tišnov.

Nomen inversum propositum et nomen mutatum propositum

Orig. (Zlatník 1928b): association à Sesleria calcaria et Carex humilis (Sesleria calcaria ~ S. caerulea)

Syn.: Seslerietum calcariae caricetosum humilis cum Helianthemum canum Zlatník 1928 (§ 36, nomen ambiguum), Helianthemo cani-Seslerietum caeruleae Klika 1933, Helianthemo cani-Caricetum humilis Kubíková 1977, Primulo veris-Seslerietum calcariae Zlatník ex Kubíková 1977 p. p.

Diagnostic species: Allium senescens subsp. montanum, Anthericum liliago, Asperula cynanchica, Asplenium ruta-muraria, Carex humilis, Centaurea stoebe, Cotoneaster integerrimus, Galium glaucum, Helianthemum canum, Oxytropis pilosa, Pulsatilla pratensis subsp. bohemica, Sedum album, Seseli hippomarathrum, S. osseum, Sesleria caerulea, Stachys recta, Teucrium chamaedrys

Constant species: Allium senescens subsp. montanum, Asperula cynanchica, Carex humilis, Centaurea scabiosa, C. stoebe, Euphorbia cyparissias, Galium glaucum, Helianthemum canum, Potentilla arenaria, Salvia pratensis, Sanguisorba minor, Scabiosa ochroleuca, Sedum album, Seseli osseum, Sesleria caerulea, Stachys recta, Teucrium chamaedrys

Dominant species: Sesleria caerulea

Formal definition: Sesleria caerulea cover > 25 % AND (Group Potentilla arenaria OR Group Stachys recta) NOT Group Cirsium acaule NOT Group Geranium sanguineum NOT Group Poa badensis NOT Brachypodium pinnatum cover > 5 % NOT Festuca rupicola cover > 5 % NOT Thlaspi montanum cover > 5 %

Source: Chytrý M. (2007): THC01 Carici humilis-Seslerietum caeruleae Zlatník 1928. 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. 399-401.