Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association VBB04
Potametum lucentis Hueck 1931

Potametum lucentis

Photo on botanickafotogalerie.cz

This association includes stands of Potamogeton lucens, a submerged, broad-leaved species, which occurs in clear, mesotrophic to naturally eutrophic water, usually 50–100 cm deep, with an accumulation of organic sediment on the bottom. Its habitats include fishponds, oxbows, alluvial pools, flooded sand pits in advanced successional stages, and lentic sections of streams. This vegetation type is scattered across the Czech Republic, but it has disappeared from many localities, mainly due to intensification of fishpond management and increase in water turbidity.

Orig. (Hueck 1931): Potametum lucentis

Syn.: Potametum lucentis Graebner et Hueck 1931 (§ 33), Potametum natanti-lucentis Kästner et Flössner 1938, Potametum perfoliato-lucentis Blaženčić et Blaženčić 1989 p. p.

Diagnostic species: Potamogeton lucens

Constant species: Lemna minor, Potamogeton lucens

Dominant species: Lemna minor, Potamogeton lucens

Formal definition: Potamogeton lucens cover > 25 % NOT Alisma gramineum cover > 25 % NOT Glyceria fluitans cover > 25 % NOT Phragmites australis cover > 25 % NOT Potamogeton natans cover > 50 % NOT Schoenoplectus lacustris cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): VBB04 Potametum lucentis Hueck 1931. 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. 144-147.