Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association THH03
Geranio sanguinei-Peucedanetum cervariae Müller 1962

Geranio sanguinei-Peucedanetum cervariae

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This is a vegetation type of warm and dry areas, dominated by the tall herb Peucedanum cervaria, characterized by species composition similar to the grasslands of the Cirsio-Brachypodion pinnati. It occurs on gentle slopes covered by deep calcareous soils, usually over marl, marlstone, loess, calcareous sandstone or limestone. Peucedanum cervaria stands typically develop from abandoned semi-dry grasslands of the Cirsio-Brachypodion pinnati and may appear stable for several decades. If mowing is resumed, they may revert to vegetation dominated by grasses and other herbs. This association is distributed in lowlands and adjacent colline landscapes, especially in northern, central and eastern Bohemia and southern Moravia.

Orig. (Müller 1962): Geranio-Peucedanetum cervariae (Kuhn 37) Th. Müller 61 (Geranium sanguineum)

Syn: Peucedanetum cervariae Kaiser 1926 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School), Xerobrometum seslerietosum var. Peucedanum cervaria Kuhn 1937, Calamagrostietum variae peucedanetosum cervariae Kuhn 1937, Scabioso-Phleetum peucedanetosum Vicherek 1959

Diagnostic species: Brachypodium pinnatum, Bupleurum falcatum, Medicago falcata, Peucedanum cervaria; Fissidens dubius

Constant species: Achillea millefolium agg. (predominantly A. collina), Arrhenatherum elatius, Brachypodium pinnatum, Bupleurum falcatum, Centaurea scabiosa, Euphorbia cyparissias, Festuca rupicola, Medicago falcata, Peucedanum cervaria, Poa pratensis s. l., Salvia pratensis; Plagiomnium affine s. l.

Dominant species: Brachypodium pinnatum, Carex humilis, Inula hirta, I. salicina, Peucedanum cervaria

Formal definition: Peucedanum cervaria cover > 25 %

Source: Hoffmann A. (2007): THH03 Geranio sanguinei-Peucedanetum cervariae Müller 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. 463-465.