Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance ABB
Nardo strictae-Caricion bigelowii Nordhagen 1943

This alliance includes species-poor alpine grasslands occurring in habitats with deep, long-lasting snow cover. They are dominated by the tussock-forming grass Nardus stricta. Compared to the grasslands of the Juncion trifidi, this vegetation is confined to flat or slightly concave landforms which are less exposed to wind and support development of closed-canopy grasslands. The geographic range of this alliance includes Scandinavia and the Sudeten Mountains. The Nardus stricta grasslands of the Alps are richer in species and therefore classified within another alliance, the Nardion strictae.

Nomen mutatum propositum

Orig. (Nordhagen 1943): Nardeto-Caricion rigidae Nord. 1936 (Nardus stricta, Carex rigida ~ C. bigelowii)

Syn.: Nardo-Caricion rigidae Nordhagen 1937 (§ 2b, nomen nudum)

Diagnostic and constant species: see association Carici bigelowii-Nardetum strictae

Source: Kočí M. (2007): ABB Nardo strictae-Caricion bigelowii Nordhagen 1943. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 1. Travinná a keříčková vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic. 1. Grassland and Heathland Vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 80-81.