Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association VBA02
Nymphaeetum albae Vollmar 1947

Nymphaeetum albae

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This association includes aquatic vegetation dominated by Nymphaea alba, which is often accompanied by Nuphar lutea. It is confined to mesotrophic to eutrophic oxbows and alluvial pools with limited fluctuations of the water table, which are usually 50–100 cm deep. It does not occur in flowing water. In the terrestrialization successional series it replaces vegetation of submerged macrophytes and significantly contributes to water body filling by its high biomass production. In the Czech Republic it used to be distributed in the floodplains of lowland rivers, but it significantly declined due to river regulations in the last decades.

Nomen conservandum propositum (against Myriophyllo verticillati-Nupharetum Hueck 1931)

Orig. (Vollmar 1947): Nymphaeetum albae minoris Vollmar (Nymphaea alba var. minor)

Syn.: Myriophyllo verticillati-Nupharetum Koch 1926 p. p. (§ 2b, nomen nudum), Myriophyllo verticillati-Nupharetum Hueck 1931 (potential correct name), Nymphaeetum albo-candidae Passarge 1957, Nupharo luteae-Nymphaeetum albae Tomaszewicz 1977 p. p.

Diagnostic species: Nuphar lutea, Nymphaea alba

Constant species: Lemna minor, Nymphaea alba

Dominant species: Ceratophyllum demersum, Nuphar lutea, Nymphaea alba

Formal definition: Nymphaea alba cover > 25 % NOT Oenanthe aquatica cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): VBA02 Nymphaeetum albae Vollmar 1947. 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. 111-114.