Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Class TF
Koelerio-Corynephoretea Klika in Klika et Novák 1941
Pioneer vegetation of sandy and shallow soils

TFA Corynephorion canescentis

TFB Thero-Airion

TFC Armerion elongatae

TFD Hyperico perforati-Scleranthion perennis

TFE Arabidopsion thalianae

TFF Alysso alyssoidis-Sedion

This class comprises pioneer grassland vegetation on sand and shallow soils of rock outcrops, which are frequently disturbed by erosion and various animal and human activities. Plants growing in such habitats face drought stress and considerable temperature oscillations, which select particularly for functional groups of short-lived vernal therophytes, geophytes with a short growing period, succulent plants, and dessication-tolerant mosses and lichens. Such plants usually grow in gaps within loose stands of hemicryptophytes. The class is distributed across temperate Europe.

Orig. (Klika & Novák 1941): Třída: Koelerio-Corynephoretales

Syn.: Sedo-Scleranthetea Br.-Bl. 1955

Diagnostic species: Armeria vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, Corynephorus canescens, Festuca brevipila, F. psammophila, Hieracium pilosella, Jasione montana, Koeleria glauca, Rumex acetosella, Scleranthus perennis, Spergula morisonii, Thymus serpyllum; Ceratodon purpureus, Polytrichum piliferum

Constant species: Festuca ovina, Hieracium pilosella, Rumex acetosella; Ceratodon purpureus, Polytrichum piliferum

Source: Chytrý M. & Sádlo J. (2007): TF Koelerio-Corynephoretea Klika in Klika et Novák 1941. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 1. Travinná a keříčková vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic. 1. Grassland and Heathland Vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 321-323.