Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association LAA03
Carici acutiformis-Alnetum glutinosae Scamoni 1935

Carici acutiformis-Alnetum glutinosae

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This association of Alnus glutinosa swamp forest is usually characterized by the dominance in the herb layer of Carex acutiformis or Scirpus sylvaticus. It occurs in waterlogged sites, but the water table does not rise above the ground level as often as in the previous two associations of alder carrs. Also the organic sediment is shallower and the ground surface is not so distinctly differentiated into hummocks and hollows as in Carici elongatae-Alnetum glutinosae. In the Czech Republic this association occurs in the Bohemian Massif.

Nomen inversum propositum

Orig. (Scamoni 1935): Alnus glutinosa-Carex acutiformis=Assoziation

Syn.: Angelico sylvestris-Alnetum glutinosae Borhidi in Borhidi & Kevey 1996

Diagnostic species: Alnus glutinosa; Caltha palustris, Cardamine amara (excl. subsp. opicii), Carex acutiformis, C. paniculata, Filipendula ulmaria, Galium palustre agg., Lycopus europaeus, Lysimachia vulgaris, Scirpus sylvaticus, Solanum dulcamara, Veronica beccabunga; Brachythecium rutabulum, Mnium hornum

Constant species: Alnus glutinosa; Angelica sylvestris, Athyrium filix-femina, Caltha palustris, Cardamine amara (excl. subsp. opicii), Carex acutiformis, Cirsium oleraceum, Crepis paludosa, Deschampsia cespitosa, Equisetum arvense, Filipendula ulmaria, Galium aparine, G. palustre agg., Impatiens noli-tangere, Juncus effusus, Lycopus europaeus, Lysimachia vulgaris, Myosotis palustris agg., Poa trivialis, Ranunculus repens, Scirpus sylvaticus, Solanum dulcamara, Urtica dioica; Brachythecium rutabulum, Plagiomnium affine s. l.

Dominant species: Alnus glutinosa; Carex acutiformis, Impatiens noli-tangere, Scirpus sylvaticus

Formal definition: Alnus glutinosa cover > 25 % AND (Carex acutiformis cover > 15 % OR Scirpus sylvaticus cover > 15 %) AND (Group Caltha palustris Group OR Cirsium oleraceum) NOT Group Asarum europaeum NOT Group Carex elongata

Source: Douda J. (2013): LAA03 Carici acutiformis-Alnetum glutinosae Scamoni 1935. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 4. Lesní a křovinná vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 4. Forest and shrub vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 174-177.