Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association RCA01
Eriophoro vaginati-Sphagnetum recurvi Hueck 1925

Eriophoro vaginati-Sphagnetum recurvi

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Vegetation dominated by Eriophorum vaginatum tussocks occurs on bog margins partially supplied by oligotrophic ground water, pool margins, water-saturated bare peat of strip-mined mires, and poor fens isolated from ground water by a thick peat layer. Water is strongly acidic, with pH about 4, and poor in minerals. This vegetation type occurs in the boreal zone and in the mountains of temperate Europe in areas of subcontinental climate. In the Czech Republic it is found in mountain areas.

Orig. (Hueck 1925): Eriophorum vaginatum-Sphagnum recurvum-Assoziation

Syn.: Sphagno-Eriophoretum vaginati Klika et ©marda 1944

Diagnostic species: Eriophorum vaginatum, Oxycoccus palustris s. l., Vaccinium uliginosum; Polytrichum commune. Sphagnum magellanicum. S. recurvum s. l.

Constant species: Calluna vulgaris, Eriophorum vaginatum, Oxycoccus palustris s. l., Vaccinium uliginosum; Polytrichum commune, Sphagnum recurvum s. l.

Dominant species: Eriophorum vaginatum, Molinia caerulea s. l. (zejména M. caerulea s. str.), Oxycoccus palustris s. l.; Polytrichum commune. P. strictum, Sphagnum recurvum s. l., S. russowii

Formal definition: (Eriophorum vaginatum cover > 5 % AND Sphagnum recurvum s. l. cover > 5 %) NOT Group Andromeda polifolia NOT Group Carex rostrata NOT Group Viola palustris NOT Pinus mugo cover > 5 % NOT Pinus ×pseudopumilio cover > 5 % NOT Pinus rotundata cover > 5 % NOT Pinus sylvestris cover > 5 %

Source: Hájková P. & Hájek M. (2011): RCA01 Eriophoro vaginati-Sphagnetum recurvi Hueck 1925. 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. 710-712.