Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Association VCB03
Charetum vulgaris Corillion 1957

Charetum vulgaris

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This vegetation, dominated by Chara vulgaris, occurs in fishponds, flooded sand pits, oxbows, alluvial pools, shallow pools in wet arable fields, ditches or fish storage ponds, even those with concrete bottoms. The dominant species has a broader ecological range than the other Czech stonewort species; it tolerates pollution, disturbance and periodical water drawdowns. It is capable of rapid colonization of suitable habitats, e.g. newly established or recently dredged water bodies. This is accordingly the most common association of the class Charetea in the Czech Republic. It has been recorded in several localities in lowland and colline areas.

Orig. (Corillion 1957): Charetum vulgaris

Syn.: Charo-Tolypelletum glomeratae Corillion 1957 p. p. (§ 25), Thero.Charetum vulgaris Krause 1969, Charetum vulgaris Zutshi 1975

Diagnostic species: Chara vulgaris

Constant species: Chara vulgaris

Dominant species: Chara vulgaris

Formal definition: Chara vulgaris cover > 25 % NOT Batrachium aquatile s. l. cover > 25 % NOT Batrachium circinatum cover > 25 % NOT Eleocharis palustris agg. cover > 25 % NOT Eleocharis quinqueflora cover > 25 % NOT Juncus.subnodulosus cover > 25 % NOT Potamogeton acutifolius cover > 25 % NOT Potamogeton gramineus cover > 25 % NOT Potamogeton lucens cover > 25 % NOT Typha angustifolia cover > 25 %

Source: ©umberová K., Hrivnák R., Rydlo J. & O»aheµová H. (2011): VCB03 Charetum vulgaris Corillion 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. 262-264.