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Reliktní vegetace na mezických stanovištích

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Title in English Relict vegetation on mesic sites


Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Zprávy České botanické společnosti
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Faculty of Science

Field Ecology
Keywords forest meadows;Glacial;grasslands;hemiboreal forests;Holocene;management;meadow steppe;oak forests;species composition;vegetation history
Description In this study we focus on relict vegetation on mesic sites at lower altitudes of the Czech Republic. Although mesic lowland and upland sites were predominantly intensively managed in the past, we suggest that in some places ancient vegetation types were preserved both in forest and non-forest habitats. We assume that most relict vegetation types of mesic sites are derived from communities which used to be widespread before the mid-Holocene. These communities mostly include extensively managed species-rich mesic, dry-mesic and wet-mesic grasslands on base-rich to moderately rich but nutrient-poor to moderately rich soils (Cirsio-Brachypodion, Molinion and mesotrophic variants of Arrhenatherion) and open-canopy mesic to dry-mesic oak forests on base-rich to moderately rich soils. We also provide detailed characteristics of several vegetation types occurring in the Czech Republic which we consider as vegetation relicts.
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