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Stipa eriocaulis - přehlížený druh české flóry

Title in English Stipa eriocaulis - an overlooked species of the Czech flora


Year of publication 2000
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Preslia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Botany
Keywords Stipa eriocaulis; Graminae; plant geography; taxonomy; dry grassland; Czech Republic
Description Stipa eriocaulis Borb. is reported for the first time as a long overlooked native species of the Czech flora. It occurs on the south-facing slope of Svatý kopeček, a hill near the town of Mikulov, in the SE part of the Czech Republic, near the Austrian border (Pálava Biosphere Reserve). It is a dominant in a limestone dry grassland (Festucion valesiacae) on this site. A field survey in a wider area and a search in local herbaria suggested that this is probably the only site in the Czech Republic where S. eriocaulis occurs. The new record is situated at the northern distribution limit of this sub-mediterranean species. The next closest records are known from sites in W Slovakia and E Austria, more than 40 km distant. Stipa eriocaulis is a member of the series Pulcherrimae within section Stipa, and local botanists used to misidentify it as S. pulcherrima or S. joannis. Characters discriminating these species include hair pattern on the lemma, fruit size, awn length, and leaf roughness.
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