Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association VAA08
Ceratophyllo-Azolletum filiculoidis Nedelcu 1967

Ceratophyllo-Azolletum filiculoidis

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This vegetation type is dominated by Azolla filiculoides, a thermophilous water fern of North American origin. It forms both open stands containing some lemnid species and dense stands, which entirely cover the water surface and may include several overlapping layers of the dominant species. In autumn these stands are remarkable owing to their purple to reddish colour. In the Czech Republic, vegetation with A. filiculoides has been so far only recorded in three small ponds inside villages.

Nomen mutatum propositum

Orig. (Nedelcu 1967): Ceratophylleto-Azolletum carolinianae Ass. nova (Azolla caroliniana = A. filiculoides, Ceratophyllum demersum, C. submersum)

Syn.: Lemno-Azolletum filiculoidis sensu auct. non Br.-Bl. in Br.-Bl. et al. 1952 (pseudonym)

Diagnostic species: Azolla filiculoides

Constant species: Azolla filiculoides, Lemna minor

Dominant species: Azolla filiculoides

Formal definition: Azolla filiculoides cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): VAA08 Ceratophyllo-Azolletum filiculoidis Nedelcu 1967. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 3. Vodní a mokřadní vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 3. Aquatic and wetland vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 67-69.