Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association XEA05
Digitali-Senecionetum ovati Pfeiffer 1936

Digitali-Senecionetum ovati

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This association includes stands of tall forbs, in particular Senecio ovatus. Grasses, such as Calamagrostis epigejos, and the shrub Rubus idaeus are frequently present as well. This vegetation occurs on disturbed sites in logged oak-hornbeam, eutrophic fir-beech and ravine forests, and particularly in logged spruce plantations in the corresponding habitats. It is less frequent on the sites of former acidophilous beech or oak forests. This vegetation type is common across the Czech Republic, especially at the middle altitudes.

Nomen mutatum propositum, nomen inversum propositum

Orig. (Pfeiffer 1936): Assoziation mit Senecio Fuchsii und Digitalis .Digitalis ambigua = D. grandiflora. D. purpurea. Senecio fuchsii = S. ovatus)

Syn.: Senecionetum fuchsii Kaiser 1926 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School), Atropetum bellae-donnae Tüxen ex von Rochow 1951, Senecionetum fuchsii Oberdorfer 1973

Diagnostic species: Calamagrostis epigejos. Epilobium angustifolium. E. montanum. Rubus fruticosus agg., R. idaeus. Senecio nemorensis agg. (predominantly S. ovatus), S. sylvaticus; Amblystegium serpens, Marchantia polymorpha

Constant species: Athyrium filix-femina. Calamagrostis epigejos. Epilobium angustifolium. E. montanum. Galeopsis tetrahit s. l., Mycelis muralis. Oxalis acetosella. Poa nemoralis. Rubus fruticosus agg., R. idaeus, Senecio nemorensis agg. (predominantly S. ovatus), Urtica dioica; Amblystegium serpens. Atrichum undulatum. Brachythecium rutabulum. Dicranella heteromalla

Dominant species: Calamagrostis epigejos, Equisetum sylvaticum, Rubus idaeus, Senecio nemorensis agg. (predominantly S. ovatus)

Formal definition: Senecio nemorensis agg. cover > 5 % AND Group Epilobium angustifolium AND (Group Galium odoratum OR Group Oxalis acetosella OR Poa nemoralis cover > 5 %) NOT Group Mercurialis perennis NOT Group Petasites albus NOT Group Veratrum lobelianum NOT Calamagrostis arundinacea cover > 25 % NOT Sambucus nigra cover > 25 % NOT Sambucus racemosa > 25 %

Source: Petřík P., Sádlo J. & Neuhäuslová Z. (2009): XEA05 Digitali-Senecionetum ovati Pfeiffer 1936. 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. 397-400.