Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association VBA03
Nymphaeetum candidae Miljan 1958

Nymphaeetum candidae

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This association includes open stands of Nymphaea candida, which occur in oligo-mesotrophic to slightly eutrophic, in places also dystrophic water. It is most common in fishponds with low-intensity management and alluvial water bodies in colline to submontane landscapes. It does not tolerate complete drainage of the water body. Vegetation with N. candida is a component of natural successional series in water bodies, however, succession in oligo-mesotrophic water bodies is rather slow. In the Czech Republic, localities of this vegetation type are scattered mainly at mid-altitudes of the Bohemian Massif, but it also occurs in the floodplain of the middle Labe river.

Orig. (Miljan 1958): Nymphaeetum candidae

Syn.: Potamo natantis-Nymphaeetum candidae Hejný 1948 ms. (§ 1), Potamo natantis-Nymphaeetum candidae Hejný et Husák in Dykyjová et Květ 1978

Diagnostic species: Nuphar lutea, Nymphaea candida, Potamogeton natans

Constant species: Lemna minor, Nymphaea candida, Potamogeton natans

Dominant species: Nymphaea candida, Potamogeton natans

Formal definition: Nymphaea candida cover > 25 % NOT Nuphar lutea cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): VBA03 Nymphaeetum candidae Miljan 1958. 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. 114-118.