Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association MCC05
Scirpetum radicantis Nowiński 1930

Scirpetum radicantis

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This type of marsh vegetation, dominated by Scirpus radicans, occurs in disturbed habitats with fluctuating water table, specifically in littoral zones of fishponds, alluvial pools and water reservoirs. Substrate is usually acidic and contains a high proportion of organic sediment. Populations of S. radicans often germinate on exposed fishpond bottoms, then spread through runners, but disappear in the next years if the water table raises again. This marsh type occurs mainly in cool colline areas such as the Bohemian-Moravian Uplands, Třeboň Basin and elsewhere in southern Bohemia.

Orig. (Nowiński 1930): Scirpetum radicantis

Syn.: Scirpetum radicantis Hejný in Dykyjová et Květ 1978, Scirpetum radicantis Zahlheimer 1979

Diagnostic species: Alisma plantago-aquatica. Bidens radiata. Oenanthe aquatica, Scirpus radicans

Constant species: Alisma plantago-aquatica. Oenanthe aquatica, Scirpus radicans

Dominant species: Carex rostrata. Eleocharis ovata. Juncus effusus, Scirpus radicans

Formal definition: Scirpus radicans cover > 25 %

Source: Hroudová Z., Ekrt L., Ekrtová E. & Šumberová K. (2011): MCC05 Scirpetum radicantis Nowiński 1930. 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. 462-465.