Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association MCH07
Caricetum vulpinae Nowiński 1927

Caricetum vulpinae

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Marshes dominated by Carex vulpina occur in shallow depressions in floodplain meadows, oxbows and alluvial pools in an advanced stage of terrestrialization, and rarely also on the edges of small fishponds and wet ditches. Soils are usually heavy and clayey, and rich in potassium and phosphorus. C. vulpina stands are flooded for a few days or weeks in spring, but later in the growing season the water table can drop even a few dozen cm below the soil surface. This vegetation type is most common in dry and warm lowlands and colline areas, but it also occurs in wetter and cooler areas.

Orig. (Nowiński 1927): Caricetum vulpinae

Syn.: Caricetum vulpinae von Soó 1927 (§ 25)

Diagnostic species: Carex acuta, C. vulpina, Veronica scutellata

Constant species: Alopecurus pratensis. Carex acuta, C. vulpina, Deschampsia cespitosa. Galium palustre agg., Lysimachia nummularia. Phalaris arundinacea, Ranunculus repens, Veronica scutellata

Dominant species: Carex acuta, C. vulpina, Lysimachia nummularia, Ranunculus repens

Formal definition: Carex vulpina cover > 25 % NOT Group Lathyrus palustris NOT Group Lychnis flos-cuculi NOT Group Viola pumila NOT Carex acuta cover > 50 % NOT Glyceria maxima cover > 25 % NOT Juncus effusus cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): MCH07 Caricetum vulpinae Nowiński 1927. 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. 574-577.