Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association MCG07
Carici elatae-Calamagrostietum canescentis Jílek 1958

Carici elatae-Calamagrostietum canescentis

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This marsh type is dominated by the tall grass Calamagrostis canescens. It occurs on both mineral and peaty soils in reed vegetation zones around fishponds and in wet meadow and mire complexes. It is inundated for short periods by water up to 20 cm deep. On the shores of fishponds it usually occurs between the zone of tall sedges and adjacent non-flooded areas. Stands of C. canescens may occur naturally as advanced stages of the terrestrialization processes, but they may also develop on drained peatlands. This association is most common in the basins of southern Bohemia, but it also occurs elsewhere in lowland to submontane areas of the Czech Republic.

Orig. (Jílek 1958): asociace Carex elata-Calamagrostis canescens, Calamagrostis canescens-Carex elata

Syn.: Calamagrostietum canescentis Simon 1960, Calamagrostietum canescentis Hadač in Březina et al. 1963, Peucedano palustris-Calamagrostietum canescentis Weber 1978, Cirsio palustris-Calamagrostietum canescentis Passarge 1984

Diagnostic species: Calamagrostis canescens

Constant species: Calamagrostis canescens, Galium palustre agg., Lysimachia vulgaris

Dominant species: Calamagrostis canescens

Formal definition: Calamagrostis canescens cover > 25 % NOT Carex acuta cover > 25 % NOT Carex elata cover > 25 % NOT Phalaris arundinacea cover > 25 % NOT Phragmites australis cover > 25 %

Source: Chytrý M. (2011): MCG07 Carici elatae-Calamagrostietum canescentis Jílek 1958. 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. 543-546.