Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association XBG02
Chenopodietum urbici Kopecký 1981

Chenopodietum urbici

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This community dominated by Chenopodium urbicum occurs on mesic to wet soils rich in calcium carbonate and nutrients. It is found on rubble of old village houses or barns, or at the edges of dung hills, often in places with dung water input. It develops from May to mid-summer. It is an archaeophytic vegetation type which has recently become very rare. It has been recorded on a few sites in warm areas of the Czech Republic.

Orig. (Kopecký 1981): Ass. Chenopodietum urbici (Becker 1942) Kopecký

Diagnostic species: Atriplex patula. A. prostrata subsp. latifolia. A. sagittata. Chenopodium album agg., C. glaucum, C. urbicum, Descurainia sophia. Malva neglecta. Mercurialis annua. Sisymbrium loeselii. S. officinale. Solanum nigrum s. l.

Constant species: Artemisia vulgaris. Atriplex patula. A. sagittata. Ballota nigra. Capsella bursa-pastoris, Chenopodium album agg., C. glaucum, C. urbicum, Descurainia sophia. Malva neglecta. Plantago major. Poa annua. Polygonum aviculare agg., Sisymbrium officinale. Solanum nigrum s. l., Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia. Tripleurospermum inodorum. Urtica dioica

Dominant species: Chenopodium glaucum, C. rubrum, C. urbicum, Descurainia sophia, Lepidium ruderale. Polygonum aviculare agg.

Formal definition: Chenopodium urbicum cover > 5 %

Source: Lososová Z. (2009): XBG02 Chenopodietum urbici Kopecký 1981. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 2. Ruderální, plevelová, skalní a su»ová vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 2. Ruderal, weed, rock and scree vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 133-135.