Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association VBD01
Ranunculetum aquatilis Géhu 1961

Ranunculetum aquatilis

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This vegetation type is dominated by Batrachium aquatile or B. peltatum, aquatic macrophytes with both submerged and natant leaves. Depending on the habitat, one of these two leaf types can be reduced or absent. The association occurs in shallow, seasonal or permanent, mesotrophic to eutrophic water bodies such as fishponds, flooded sand or loam pits, fish storage ponds, oxbows and channels. It also occurs in middle to lower river courses with medium to low current velocity. Habitats are usually well insolated and water is up to 1 m deep. In the Czech Republic this association occurs mainly in colline to submontane areas.

Orig. (Géhu 1961): Ranunculetum aquatilis (Ranunculus aquatilis = Batrachium aquatile)

Syn.: Batrachietum aquatili-peltati Sauer 1937 (fantom), Ranunculus aquatilis-Bestände Sauer 1947, Ranunculetum aquatilis Sauer 1947 (fantom)á, Ranunculetum peltati Sauer 1947 (fantom), Batrachio aquatilis-Callitrichetum hammulatae Rydlo et Husák 1992 p. p.

Diagnostic species: Batrachium aquatile s. l.

Constant species: Batrachium aquatile s. l.

Dominant species: Batrachium aquatile s. l.

Formal definition: Batrachium aquatile s. l. cover > 25 % NOT Callitriche hamulata cover > 25 % NOT Carex rostrata cover > 25 % NOT Eleocharis acicularis cover > 25 % NOT Limosella aquatica cover > 25 % NOT Myriophyllum alterniflorum cover > 25 % NOT Peplis portula cover > 25 % NOT Potamogeton natans cover > 25 % NOT Veronica beccabunga cover > 25 %

Source: Šumberová K. (2011): VBD01 Ranunculetum aquatilis Géhu 1961. 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. 226-230.