Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Class XC
Artemisietea vulgaris Lohmeyer et al. ex von Rochow 1951
Xerophilous ruderal vegetation with biennial and perennial species

XCA Onopordion acanthii

XCB Dauco carotae-Melilotion

XCC Convolvulo arvensis-Elytrigion repentis

XCD Artemisio-Kochion prostratae

XCE Arction lappae

The class Artemisietea vulgaris includes thermophilous vegetation of sunny and dry habitats and is composed mainly of biennial and perennial species, although some annuals are also present. It occurs chiefly in ruderal habitats in human settlements and their surroundings, but some types are also found in semi-natural habitats. This vegetation type usually follows and replaces annual communities of Stellarietea mediae during secondary succession. In comparison with the class Galio-Urticetea, the Artemisietea vulgaris contains fewer mesophilous species and more alien plants, both archaeophytes and neophytes.

Orig. (von Rochow 1951): Artemisietea vulgaris Lohm., Prsg., Tx. 1950

Syn.: Artemisietea vulgaris Lohmeyer et al. in Tüxen 1950 (§ 2b, nomen nudum), Urtico-Cirsietea Doing 1963 p. p., Onopordetea acanthii Br.-Bl. 1964, Agropyretea repentis Oberdorfer et al. 1967, Agropyretea intermedio-repentis Oberdorfer et al. in Müller et Görs 1969

Diagnostic species: Artemisia vulgaris. Ballota nigra. Carduus acanthoides. Elytrigia repens. Melilotus albus. Solidago canadensis. Tanacetum vulgare

Constant species: Artemisia vulgaris. Elytrigia repens. Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia. Urtica dioica

Source: Láníková D. (2009): XC Artemisietea vulgaris Lohmeyer et al. ex von Rochow 1951. 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. 207-209.