Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association RBE01
Drepanoclado fluitantis-Caricetum limosae (Kästner et Flössner 1933) Krisai 1972

Drepanoclado fluitantis-Caricetum limosae

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This community is formed of shallow-rooting species of vascular plants (e.g. Carex limosa and Scheuchzeria palustris), represented with a low cover, and bryophytes (mostly Sphagnum cuspidatum and Warnstorfia fluitans), reaching high cover values. It occupies hollows in the central parts of deep mountain bogs. This vegetation type is very poor in species, because of the small number of species in the Czech flora adapted to permanent inundation and the extremely low nutrient and mineral content and low water pH, which is often below 4 in this habitat. This association occurs in the mountain areas along the state borders of the Czech Republic.

Orig. (Krisai 1972): Drepanoclado fluitantis-Caricetum limosae (Kästner et Flössner 1933) Krisai 1972 (Drepanocladus fluitans = Warnstorfia fluitans)

Syn.: Caricetum limosae Br.-Bl. 1921 p. p. (§ 36, nomen ambiguum), Carici limosae-Sphagnetum cuspidati Osvald 1923 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School), Scheuchzerio-Sphagnetum cuspidati Osvald 1923 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School), Sphagno lindbergii-Caricetum limosae Osvald 1923 (§ 3d, association of Uppsala School), Caricetum limosae drepanocladetosum fluitantis Kästner et Flössner 1933 (§ 36, nomen ambiguum)

Diagnostic species: Carex limosa, Oxycoccus palustris s. l., Scheuchzeria palustris; Gymnocolea inflata, Sphagnum cuspidatum, S. lindbergii. S. majus, Warnstorfia fluitans

Constant species: Carex limosa, Oxycoccus palustris s. l.; Sphagnum cuspidatum, Warnstorfia fluitans

Dominant species: Carex limosa, Trichophorum cespitosum; Gymnocolea inflata, Sphagnum cuspidatum, S. majus. S. recurvum s. l., Warnstorfia fluitans

Formal definition: Group Carex limosa NOT Group Carex rostrata NOT Group Lysimachia vulgaris NOT Group Sphagnum palustre NOT Group Vaccinium vitis-idaea NOT Carex nigra cover > 5 % NOT Carex rostrata cover > 5 % NOT Phragmites australis cover > 5 %

Source: Hájek M. & Hájková P. (2011): RBE01 Drepanoclado fluitantis-Caricetum limosae (Kästner et Flössner 1933) Krisai 1972. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace Èeské republiky. 3. Vodní a mokøadní vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 3. Aquatic and wetland vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 697-700.