Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance VBA
Nymphaeion albae Oberdorfer 1957

The alliance Nymphaeion albae includes vegetation dominated by large dicot aquatic macrophytes which are rooted in the bottom and have leaf rosettes or individual leaves floating on the water surface. Most of the dominant species have large insect-pollinated flowers. This vegetation occurs in shallow water bodies with oligo-mesotrophic to eutrophic, still or slow-moving water in temperate and boreal zones. In the succession series of aquatic macrophyte vegetation, it replaces vegetation of submerged macrophytes, and its large biomass production contributes to rapid terrestrialization.

Orig. (Oberdorfer 1957): Verband: Nymphaeion all. nov. (Nymphaea alba. N. alba var. minor)

Syn.: Potamion eurosibiricum Koch 1926 p. p. (§ 34)

Diagnostic species: Nuphar lutea, Nymphaea candida. Persicaria amphibia

Constant species: Lemna minor. Nuphar lutea

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): VBA Nymphaeion albae Oberdorfer 1957. 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. 105-107.