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Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association KBA01
Prunetum fruticosae Dziubałtowski 1926

Prunetum fruticosae

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This association is dominated by the low-growing clonal shrub Prunus fruticosa, often accompanied by other shrubs such as P. spinosa, Rosa canina, R. gallica, R. marginata and R. spinosissima. The stands are usually 50–150 cm tall. They occur in warm and dry areas, mainly over base-rich bedrock, where they may grow at the edges of tall scrub, as secondary successional communities after abandonment of management on dry grasslands or as primary vegetation on cliff ledges.

Orig. (Dziubałtowski 1926): Association Prunus fruticosa, Prunetum fruticosae

Syn.: Rosetum pimpinellifoliae Kaiser 1926 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School), Prunetum fruticosae Klika 1928, Crataego-Prunetum fruticosae de Soó 1951

Diagnostic species: Prunus fruticosa, Rosa spinosissima; Cytisus procumbens, Elymus hispidus, Geranium sanguineum, Stachys recta, Teucrium chamaedrys, Thalictrum minus

Constant species: Prunus fruticosa; Brachypodium pinnatum, Centaurea scabiosa, Fragaria viridis, Poa pratensis agg., Salvia pratensis, Securigera varia, Stachys recta, Teucrium chamaedrys

Dominant species: Prunus fruticosa, Rosa spinosissima; Brachypodium pinnatum

Formal definition: (Prunus fruticosa cover > 25.% OR Rosa spinosissima cover > 25 %) NOT Brachypodium pinnatum cover > 50 % NOT Quercus petraea agg. cover > 25 %

Source: Sádlo J. & Chytrę M. (2013): KBA01 Prunetum fruticosae Dziubałtowski 1926. In: Chytrę M. (ed.), Vegetace Èeské republiky. 4. Lesní a kűovinná vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 4. Forest and shrub vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 81-84.