Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association TFD01
Polytricho piliferi-Scleranthetum perennis Moravec 1967

Polytricho piliferi-Scleranthetum perennis

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This is an open vegetation type of rock outcrops with the prostrate perennial herb Scleranthus perennis and drought-adapted acrocarpous mosses Ceratodon purpureus and Polytrichum piliferum. It is confined to very shallow soils disturbed by erosion and in some places also by trampling. It occurs in moderately dry areas of the Bohemian Massif, particularly in central and southern Bohemia and south-western Moravia.

Orig. (Moravec 1967): Polytricho (pilifero)-Scleranthetum perennis assoc. nova

Syn.: Veronico vernae-Poëtum bulbosae Moravec 1967

Diagnostic species: Agrostis vinealis, Erophila verna, Hieracium pilosella, Jasione montana, Potentilla tabernaemontani, Rumex acetosella, Scleranthus perennis, Sedum acre, Thymus pulegioides, Veronica verna; Ceratodon purpureus, Polytrichum piliferum

Constant species: Festuca ovina, Hieracium pilosella, Hypericum perforatum, Plantago lanceolata, Potentilla tabernaemontani, Rumex acetosella, Scleranthus perennis, Thymus pulegioides; Ceratodon purpureus, Polytrichum piliferum

Dominant species: Festuca ovina, Scleranthus perennis; Ceratodon purpureus, Cladonia furcata, C. rangiformis, Polytrichum piliferum, Syntrichia ruralis

Formal definition: Scleranthus perennis cover > 5 % AND Group Polytrichum piliferum NOT Group Gagea bohemica NOT Corynephorus canescens cover > 25 %

Source: Sádlo J. & Chytrý M. (2007): TFD01 Polytricho piliferi-Scleranthetum perennis Moravec 1967. 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. 351-353.