Vegetation Science Group

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

Vegetation of the Czech Republic

Class XE
Epilobietea angustifolii Tüxen et Preising ex von Rochow 1951
Herbaceous vegetation of forest clearings

XEA Fragarion vescae

The class Epilobietea angustifolii includes herbaceous vegetation of forest clearings, sites deforested as a result of wildfire, wind storms, insect calamities or air pollution, canopy gaps, forest fringes, open spaces in subalpine spruce forests, screes and various boulder beds, along roads and railways, in quarries and on building rubble. Soils are poor in bases but with temporarily increased availability of nitrogen. The species composition of this vegetation type is partly dependent on the type of previous or adjacent forest vegetation. If unmanaged, this vegetation usually persists for three to seven years, then giving way to encroaching shrubs or trees. In contrast to the Impatienti noli-tangere-Stachyion sylvaticae and some other vegetation types within the class Galio-Urticetea, vegetation of the class Epilobietea angustifolii contains numerous acidophilous species combined with nutrient-demanding species.

Orig. (von Rochow 1951): Epilobietea angustifolii Tx. et Prsg. 1950

Syn.: Epilobietea angustifolii Tüxen et Preising in Tüxen 1950 (§ 2b, nomen nudum), Urtico-Cirsietea Doing 1963 p. p.

Diagnostic and constant species: see alliance Fragarion vescae

Source: Petřík P. & Sádlo J. (2009): XE Epilobietea angustifolii Tüxen et Preising ex von Rochow 1951. 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. 379-382.