Vegetation Science Group

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Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Alliance XCD
Artemisio-Kochion prostratae Soó 1964

This alliance includes rare, natural, open vegetation occurring rarely in the Pannonian region on steep loess slopes, e.g. in the concave, sunken dirt roads and surroundings of wine cellars in rural, loess areas. It contains species considered as relicts of the Pleistocene cold loess steppes, e.g. Agropyron pectinatum. Kochia prostrata and Krascheninnikovia ceratoides. These species are poor competitors that can grow only in open vegetation; they retreated from most localities due to formation of dense steppe in the wetter climate of the Holocene. The geographical range of this alliance extends from its westernmost limit in southern Moravia and Lower Austria through steppe and forest-steppe areas of south-eastern Europe to southern Russia. From the syntaxonomical point of view this association is transitional between the classes Artemisietea vulgaris and Festuco-Brometea.

Orig. (Soó 1964): Artemisio-Kochion Soó 59, 62 (Artemisia campestris. A. pontica. Kochia prostrata)

Syn: Artemisio-Kochion Soó 1959 prov. (§ 3b), Agropyro-Kochion Soó 1971 (fantom)

Diagnostic and constant species: see association Agropyro cristati-Kochietum prostratae

Source: Chytrý M. (2009): XCD Artemisio-Kochion prostratae Soó 1964. In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 2. Ruderální, plevelová, skalní a su»ová vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 2. Ruderal, weed, rock and scree vegetation]. Academia, Praha, pp. 272-273.