Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association TFF01
Cerastietum Oberdorfer et Müller in Müller 1961


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The Cerastietum is a community of calcicolous vernal therophytes with a phenological optimum in late April and early May. It forms a part of vegetation complexes of dry grasslands on limestone and other calcareous bedrocks, where it is confined to disturbed patches and the vicinity of rock outcrops. It is found in areas with dry, warm climate in northern and central Bohemia and southern Moravia.

Orig. (Müller 1961): Cerastietum Oberd. et Th. Müller 61 (Cerastium arvense „subsp. obscurum, Cerastium arvense „subsp. pallens, C. brachypetalum, C. pumilum, C. semidecandrum)

Syn.: Cerastietum pumili auct.

Diagnostic species: Acinos arvensis, Allium flavum, Alyssum alyssoides, Arabis auriculata, Arenaria serpyllifolia agg., Cerastium pumilum s. l., Elytrigia intermedia, Erophila spathulata, E. verna, Festuca valesiaca, Holosteum umbellatum, Medicago minima, Minuartia fastigiata, Papaver dubium agg., Poa bulbosa, Saxifraga tridactylites, Sedum album, Seseli osseum, Stipa capillata, Thlaspi perfoliatum, Veronica praecox, Viola suavis; Syntrichia ruralis

Constant species: Acinos arvensis, Arabis auriculata, Arenaria serpyllifolia agg., Centaurea stoebe, Festuca valesiaca, Holosteum umbellatum, Poa bulbosa, Sedum album, Seseli osseum, Thlaspi perfoliatum, Veronica praecox; Syntrichia ruralis

Dominant species: –

Formal definition: Group Arabis auriculata NOT Group Stachys recta NOT Festuca pallens cover > 25 % NOT Festuca valesiaca cover > 25 %

Source: Sádlo J. (2007): TFF01 Cerastietum Oberdorfer et Müller in Müller 1961. 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. 360-362.