Vegetation Science Group

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Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association MCE03
Beruletum erectae Roll 1938

Beruletum erectae

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This association is dominated by the umbellifer Berula erecta and occurs in brooks and shallow pools. It occurs in three different morphological forms: (1) upright, emergent stands in shallow water or on wet banks; (2) stands with leaves floating on the water surface in deep, slow streams; or (3) submerged stands with strongly branched stems in fast streams. The water in which this community is found tends to be rich in nutrients, calcium and dissolved oxygen. Submerged parts of B. erecta and other species intercept and accumulate organic material and mud, and significantly contribute to terrestrialization. This association is most common in lowlands in the northern part of Bohemia.

Nomen mutatum propositum

Orig. (Roll 1938): Beruletum angustifoliae submersae nov. Ass. Roll (Berula angustifolia submersa = B. erecta, submerzní forma)

Syn: Ranunculo trichophylli-Sietum erecti submersi Müller 1962, Veronico anagallidis-aquaticae-Beruletum erectae Passarge 1982, Cardamino-Beruletum erectae Turoňová 1985, Veronico beccabungae-Beruletum erectae Passarge 1999, Mentho aquaticae-Beruletum erectae (Nedelcu 1971) Sanda et Popescu 2001, Mentho longifoliae-Beruletum erectae Kovács ex Borhidi 2001, Berulo erectae-Menthetum aquaticae Kovács ex Borhidi 2001

Diagnostic species: Berula erecta

Constant species: Berula erecta, Lemna minor, Myosotis palustris agg.

Dominant species: Berula erecta, Lemna minor

Formal definition: Berula erecta cover > 5 %

Source: Sádlo J. (2011): MCE03 Beruletum erectae Roll 1938. 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. 505-508.