Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association MAC03
Pulicario vulgaris-Menthetum pulegii Slavnić 1951

Pulicario vulgaris-Menthetum pulegii

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This community includes dense to slighly open vegetation dominated by dicot herbs such as Lythrum hyssopifolia, Mentha pulegium, Peplis portula, Pulicaria vulgaris and other species typical of wet grasslands. It is found on disturbed sites in floodplain meadows, along shores, on bottoms of sand, gravel or loam pits, on infrequently used dirt roads or in fish storage ponds. The habitat is flooded in spring by shallow water, which slowly drops and eventually dries out in summer. In the Czech Republic this association has been found mainly in the confluence area of the Morava and Dyje rivers in southern Moravia, but atypical stands also occur on some sites in southern Bohemia.

Orig. (Slavnić 1951): Ass. Pulicaria vulgaris-Mentha pulegium ass. nova

Syn.: Lythro-Pulicarietum vulgaris Tímár 1954, Pulicario vulgaris-Bidentetum tripartitae Fijałkowski 1978

Diagnostic species: Alisma lanceolatum, Echinochloa crus-galli, Eleocharis palustris agg., Inula britannica, Juncus compressus, Lythrum hyssopifolia, Mentha pulegium, Myosotis caespitosa, Peplis portula, Persicaria hydropiper, P. minor, Plantago uliginosa, Pulicaria vulgaris, Rorippa sylvestris, Senecio erraticus

Constant species: Agrostis stolonifera, Echinochloa crus-galli, Lythrum hyssopifolia, Mentha pulegium, Persicaria hydropiper, Plantago uliginosa, Pulicaria vulgaris, Ranunculus repens, Rorippa sylvestris

Dominant species: Lythrum hyssopifolia, Persicaria hydropiper, Pulicaria vulgaris

Formal definition: (Mentha pulegium cover > 5 % OR Pulicaria vulgaris cover > 5 %) NOT Agrostis stolonifera cover > 25 % NOT Bolboschoenus planiculmis cover > 25 % NOT Carex otrubae cover > 25 % NOT Chenopodium glaucum cover > 25 % NOT Poa annua cover > 25 % NOT Poa pratensis agg. cover > 25 % NOT Potentilla anserina cover > 25 % NOT Trifolium repens cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. & Hrivnák R. (2011): MAC03 Pulicario vulgaris-Menthetum pulegii Slavnić 1951. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 3. Vodní a mokřadní vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 3. Aquatic and wetland vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 441-443.