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Festuco rupicolae-Caricetum humilis Klika 1939

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This grassland type is dominated by the tussock-forming graminoids Carex humilis and Festuca rupicola, and it contains a suite of dry grassland generalist species. It occurs in warm, dry areas of northern and central Bohemia as well as in southern and central Moravia. Its stands are confined to slightly cooler or wetter habitats than would be the case of other associations of Festucion valesiacae. Soils are usually shallow to moderately deep, developed on both base-rich and slightly acidic bedrocks. It is a secondary vegetation type developed in habitats potentially supporting thermophilous oak or oak-hornbeam forests. This is traditionally grazed grassland. After abandonment it is affected by encroaching shrubs and spread of tall grasses such as Arrhenatherum elatius.

Citation: Chytrý M. (2007): Festuco rupicolae-Caricetum humilis Klika 1939. – In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 1. Travinná a keříčková vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic. 1. Grassland and Heathland Vegetation], p. 416–417, Academia, Praha.
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