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Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association RBC02
Drosero anglicae-Rhynchosporetum albae Klika 1935

Drosero anglicae-Rhynchosporetum albae

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This association includes disturbance-tolerant vegetation of moderately-rich fens with low primary productivity, dominated by Rhynchospora alba and species of Sphagnum sect. Subsecunda, and containing suboceanic species. It differs from the association Campylio stellati-Trichophoretum alpini in the absence of calcicolous species, and from the association Sphagno recurvi-Caricetum rostratae in the absence of Sphagnum sect. Cuspidata as a dominant species group. This vegetation occurs in fens on fishpond and lake margins and on water-saturated sandy soils. The peat layer is shallow, with a large proportion of mineral soil fraction. Concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and calcium are low. This association is most common in the Třeboň Basin, and further it occurs rarely in the vicinity of the towns of Jindřichův Hradec and Doksy.

Nomen inversum propositum

Orig. (Klika 1935b): Asociace Rhynchospora alba-Drosera anglica

Syn.: Rhynchosporetum albae Koch 1926 (§ 36, nomen ambiguum), Rhynchosporo fuscae-Sphagnetum platyphylli Warén 1926 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School), Rhynchosporetum fuscae W. Braun 1968, Sphagno subsecundi-Rhynchosporetum albae (Koch 1926) Rybníček in Rybníček et al. 1984, Sphagno tenelli-Rhynchosporetum albae Osvald 1923 sphagnetosum subsecundi Dierssen et Dierssen 1984

Diagnostic species: Drosera anglica. D. ×obovata, D. rotundifolia, Eriophorum angustifolium. Hydrocotyle vulgaris. Juncus alpinoarticulatus, J. bulbosus, Menyanthes trifoliata. Molinia caerulea s. l. (predominantly M. caerulea s. str.), Oxycoccus palustris s. l., Pedicularis palustris. Potentilla palustris, Rhynchospora alba, Utricularia minor; Aneura pinguis. Hamatocaulis vernicosus. Sphagnum affine, S. inundatum, S. obtusum. S. palustre. S. papillosum, S. subsecundum, Warnstorfia exannulata

Constant species: Agrostis canina. Carex panicea. Drosera rotundifolia, Eriophorum angustifolium, Juncus bulbosus. Molinia caerulea s. l. (predominantly M. caerulea s. str.), Potentilla erecta. P. palustris, Rhynchospora alba, Viola palustris; Sphagnum subsecundum. Warnstorfia exannulata

Dominant species: Calluna vulgaris. Carex panicea. Drosera rotundifolia. Drosera .obovata. Eriophorum angustifolium. Molinia caerulea s. l. (predominantly M. caerulea s. str.), Phragmites australis, Rhynchospora alba; Sphagnum inundatum, S. palustre, S. papillosum, S. platyphyllum. S. recurvum s. l., S. subsecundum

Formal definition: Rhynchospora alba cover > 5 % AND (Sphagnum subsecundum cover > 5 % OR Group Rhynchospora alba) NOT Group Eriophorum latifolium NOT Campylium stellatum cover > 5 % NOT Scorpidium scorpioides cover > 5 % NOT Sphagnum recurvum s. l. cover > 50 % NOT Trichophorum alpinum cover > 5 %

Source: Hájek M. & Hájková P. (2011): RBC02 Drosero anglicae-Rhynchosporetum albae Klika 1935. 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. 665-668.