Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance RCC
Oxycocco microcarpi-Empetrion hermaphroditi Nordhagen ex Du Rietz 1954

This alliance includes boreal bog vegetation with isolated occurrences in the supramontane to subalpine belt of the central European mountain ranges. It occurs in bogs in precipitation-rich areas with low temperatures and short growing seasons, characterized by the occurrence of boreo-arctic species such as Betula nana. Oxycoccus microcarpus and Rubus chamaemorus. In central Europe these species are rare, and transitional stands to the alliance Sphagnion magellanici are more common than typical stands.

Orig. (Du Rietz 1954): Oxycocco-Empetrion (Nordhagen 1936, 1943) (Empetrum hermaphroditum. Oxycoccus microcarpus)

Syn.: Oxycocco-Empetrion hermaphroditi Nordhagen 1937 prov. (§ 3b), Oxycocco-Empetrion hermaphroditi Nordhagen 1943 prov. (§ 3b)

Diagnostic species: Andromeda polifolia, Calluna vulgaris, Carex pauciflora, Drosera rotundifolia. Empetrum nigrum s. l., Eriophorum vaginatum, Oxycoccus palustris s. l., Trichophorum cespitosum, Vaccinium uliginosum; Aulacomnium palustre. Cetraria islandica. Cladonia deformis. Dicranum undulatum, Gymnocolea inflata, Mylia anomala, Polytrichum strictum, Sphagnum capillifolium s. l. (S. rubellum), S. compactum, S. fuscum, S. magellanicum, S. tenellum

Constant species: Andromeda polifolia. Calluna vulgaris. Eriophorum vaginatum. Oxycoccus palustris s. l., Trichophorum cespitosum. Vaccinium uliginosum; Polytrichum strictum. Sphagnum compactum. S. fuscum. S. magellanicum

Source: Hájková P. & Hájek M. (2011): RCC Oxycocco microcarpi-Empetrion hermaphroditi Nordhagen ex Du Rietz 1954. 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. 730-731.