Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association MCH06
Caricetum ripariae Máthé et Kovács 1959

Caricetum ripariae

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Marshes dominated by Carex riparia occur mainly in the floodplains of large rivers, while they are rare in fishponds. Their habitats include the banks of rivers and artificial channels, ditches, sand pits, oxbows, alluvial pools and wet depressions in floodplain meadows. C. riparia stands are flooded for only a brief period in spring, but flooding can be deep. The water table gradually recedes by June or July, and then the soil can dry out considerably. In the Czech Republic localities of Caricetum ripariae are concentrated in lowland river corridors.

Orig. (Máthé & Kovács 1959): Caricetum ripariae

Syn.: Caricetum ripariae Soó 1928 (§ 2b, nomen nudum), Carex riparia-Gesellschaft Knapp et Stoffers 1962, Galio palustris-Caricetum ripariae Balátová-Tuláčková in Balátová-Tuláčková et al. 1993

Diagnostic species: Carex riparia

Constant species: Carex riparia

Dominant species: Carex riparia

Formal definition: Carex riparia cover > 50 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): MCH06 Caricetum ripariae Máthé et Kovács 1959. 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. 571-574.