Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association VBB07
Potamo pectinati-Myriophylletum spicati Rivas Goday 1964

Potamo pectinati-Myriophylletum spicati

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This vegetation type is dominated by the submerged species Myriophyllum spicatum, which has a broad ecological range, but it is most common in places with regular disturbance or in early successional stages. It is one of the most common aquatic associations in the middle and lower river courses and it also frequently occurs in flooded sand pits, fishponds, oxbows and channels. Water can be turbid; it is usually 20–100 cm deep, but M. spicatum tolerates the drying out of its habitat for some period in summer. This association is common across the lowland and mid-altitude areas of the Czech Republic.

Orig. (Rivas Goday 1964): As. nova Potamogeton pectinatus et Myriophyllum spicatum

Syn.: Myriophylletum spicati von Soó 1927 (§ 2b, nomen nudum), Potamo pusilli-Myriophylletum spicati Ran&273;elović et Zlatković in Ran&273;elović et Blaženčić 1996

Diagnostic species: Myriophyllum spicatum

Constant species: Myriophyllum spicatum

Dominant species: Myriophyllum spicatum

Formal definition: Myriophyllum spicatum cover > 50 % NOT Butomus umbellatus cover > 25 % NOT Menyanthes trifoliata cover > 25 % NOT Nymphaea alba cover > 25 % NOT Nuphar lutea cover > 25 % NOT Sparganium emersum cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): VBB07 Potamo pectinati-Myriophylletum spicati Rivas Goday 1964. 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. 159-162.