Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association KBA02
Prunetum tenellae de Soˇ 1951

Prunetum tenellae

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This association is formed of clonal stands of about 1 m tall Prunus tenella, with an array of drought-adapted ruderal herb species. It is typical of the forest-steppe areas of east-central and eastern Europe, where it occurs in transitional zones between forest and open steppe or in terrain depressions with mesic soils in landscapes dominated by dry steppe. In the Czech Republic only three small stands occur in southern Moravia, all spatially close to steppe grasslands on loess but at the same time adjacent to man-made habitats such as arable land, vineyards, terraced slopes or dirt roads.

Orig. (de Soˇ 1951): Prunetum tenellae Soˇ

Diagnostic species: Artemisia absinthium, Asparagus officinalis, Bromus inermis, Carduus acanthoides, Elymus hispidus, Euphorbia virgata, Melica transsilvanica, Prunus tenella, Salvia nemorosa, Silene latifolia; Amblystegium serpens, Eurhynchiastrum pulchellum

Constant species: Asparagus officinalis, Bromus inermis, Carduus acanthoides, Elymus hispidus, Galium aparine, Melica transsilvanica, Prunus tenella, Salvia nemorosa, Silene latifolia

Dominant species: Prunus tenella

Formal definition: Prunus tenella cover > 25 %

Source: Chytrř M. (2013): KBA02 Prunetum tenellae de Soˇ 1951. In: Chytrř M. (ed.), Vegetace ╚eskÚ republiky. 4. LesnÝ a k°ovinnß vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 4. Forest and shrub vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 84-87.