Vegetation Science Group

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Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Class AC
Elyno-Seslerietea Br.-Bl. 1948
Alpine grasslands on base-rich soil

ACA Agrostion alpinae

The class Elyno-Seslerietea comprises species-rich grasslands on limestone, dolomite or other base-rich rocks, which occur in the alpine and subalpine belt of temperate European mountain ranges. These grasslands are usually dominated by graminoids such as Calamagrostis varia, Carex ferruginea, C. firma, C. sempervirens, Festuca versicolor and Sesleria caerulea. Since there is almost no limestone above the timberline in Czech mountains, vegetation of this class is very rare, occurring only on restricted outcrops of base-rich rocks embedded in the predominating siliceous rocks.

Orig. (Braun-Blanquet 1948): Elyno-Seslerietea

Syn.: Seslerietea variae Oberdorfer 1978, Seslerietea albicantis Oberdorfer 1978 corr. Oberdorfer 1990

Diagnostic and constant species: see alliance Agrostion alpinae

Source: Kočí M. (2007): AC Elyno-Seslerietea Br.-Bl. 1948. 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. 84-85.