Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance MCG
Magno-Caricion elatae Koch 1926

This alliance encompasses marsh vegetation dominated by tall sedges, which form high tussocks in some cases. Tussocky stands tend to be species-richer than those in which stoloniferous sedges dominate. Communities of the Magno-Caricion elatae occupy fishpond littoral zones and depressions in mire complexes supplied with nutrient-poor water. Water table is more stable than in the alliance Magno-Caricion gracilis; it is above the soil surface over the most of the growing season. Because of their sensitivity to eutrophication, all associations of this alliance have became rare, except the association Equiseto-Caricetum rostratae, which is still rather common.

Orig. (Koch 1926): Assoziationsverband Magnocaricion elatae

Syn.: Caricion gracilis Neuhäusl 1959, Caricion rostratae Neuhäusl 1959, Caricion appropinquatae Balátová-Tuláčková 1960, Caricion rostratae Balátová-Tuláčková 1963

Diagnostic species: Calamagrostis canescens. Carex elata. C. rostrata

Constant species: Carex rostrata. Galium palustre agg.

Source: Hájková P. (2011): MCG Magno-Caricion elatae Koch 1926. 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. 526-527.