Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association LBF04
Seslerio albicantis-Tilietum cordatae Chytrý et Sádlo 1998

Seslerio albicantis-Tilietum cordatae

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Seslerio-Tilietum is a rock-outcrop forest association dominated by Tilia cordata or T. platyphyllos. Its tree layer is usually low and open, while the shrub layer is well developed, usually with Corylus avellana. The species-rich herb layer of this forest type is dominated by Sesleria caerulea and contains species of oak-hornbeam forests, thermophilous oak forests and various relict species of open habitats. This association typically occurs in small patches on upper parts of steep rocky slopes on limestone and other base-rich rocks. It is a thermophilous community occurring at altitudes between 250 and 500 m.

Orig. (Chytrý & Sádlo 1998): Seslerio albicantis-Tilietum cordatae ass. nova (Sesleria albicans = S. caerulea)

Syn.: Aceri-Tilietum Faber 1936 seslerietosum Willner in Willner et Grabherr 2007 prov.

Diagnostic species: Corylus avellana, Cotoneaster integerrimus, Sorbus aria agg., S. torminalis, Taxus baccata, Tilia platyphyllos; Anthericum ramosum, Arabidopsis arenosa, Arenaria grandiflora, Asplenium trichomanes, Bupleurum falcatum, Campanula persicifolia, Carex digitata, C. montana, Clematis recta, Cyclamen purpurascens, Fourraea alpina, Hepatica nobilis, Hieracium murorum, Laserpitium latifolium, Lathyrus pannonicus, Melica ciliata, Noccaea montana, Origanum vulgare, Polygonatum odoratum, Primula veris, Sesleria caerulea, Silene nemoralis, Tanacetum corymbosum, Vincetoxicum hirundinaria; Anomodon attenuatus, Barbilophozia barbata, Cirriphyllum crassinervium, Encalypta streptocarpa, Flavoparmelia caperata, Hypnum cupressiforme s. l., Peltigera praetextata, Plagiochila porelloides, Ramalina capitata, Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus, Solorina saccata

Constant species: Carpinus betulus, Corylus avellana, Cotoneaster integerrimus, Quercus petraea agg., Sorbus aria agg., Tilia cordata, T. platyphyllos; Anthericum ramosum, Asplenium trichomanes, Bupleurum falcatum, Campanula persicifolia, Carex digitata, Hepatica nobilis, Hieracium murorum, Poa nemoralis, Primula veris, Sesleria caerulea, Tanacetum corymbosum, Veronica chamaedrys agg. (predominantly V. vindobonensis), Vincetoxicum hirundinaria; Hypnum cupressiforme s. l., Pleurozium schreberi, Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus

Dominant species: Carpinus betulus, Tilia cordata, T. platyphyllos; Sesleria caerulea; Hypnum cupressiforme s. l.

Formal definition: (Tilia cordata cover > 25 % OR Tilia platyphyllos cover > 25 %) AND Sesleria caerulea cover > 5 %

Source: Chytrý M. (2013): LBF04 Seslerio albicantis-Tilietum cordatae Chytrý et Sádlo 1998. 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. 292-295.