Vegetation Science Group

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Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association XEA06
Pteridietum aquilini Jouanne et Chouard 1929

Pteridietum aquilini

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This association includes species-poor stands dominated by Pteridium aquilinum, a tall fern with intensive vegetative spreading through underground rhizomes. It develops in logging clearings of former acidophilous oak or beech forests or pine plantations in corresponding habitats. Large stands develop particularly in the first years after forests fires. Soils are acidic and nutrient-poor, developing on sand or sandstones. In the Czech Republic this association occurs mainly in sandstone areas of northern and eastern Bohemia, but it can be also found elsewhere and outside sandy habitats.

Orig. (Jouanne & Chouard 1929): Pteridietum aquilinae

Syn.: Rubo-Pteridietum aquilini Hadač 1975, Holco mollis-Pteridietum aquilini Passarge 1994

Diagnostic species: Pteridium aquilinum, Vaccinium myrtillus

Constant species: Agrostis capillaris. Avenella flexuosa. Calamagrostis villosa, Pteridium aquilinum, Rubus idaeus. Vaccinium myrtillus

Dominant species: Calamagrostis villosa, Carex brizoides. Convallaria majalis. Holcus mollis, Pteridium aquilinum, Rubus idaeus

Formal definition: Pteridium aquilinum cover > 25 %

Source: Petřík P., Neuhäuslová Z. & Sádlo J. (2009): XEA06 Pteridietum aquilini Jouanne et Chouard 1929. 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. 400-402.