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Vegetation types of dry-mesic oak forests in Slovakia



Year of publication 2005
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Preslia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Ecology
Keywords classification; phytosociology; Quercetalia pubescenti-petraeae; Quercus; syntaxonomy; vegetation typology; vegetation survey
Description Typology of dry-mesic oak forest vegetation of Slovakia is presented. Seven vegetation types were distinguished based on a Braun-Blanquetian relevé data analysis using a TWINSPAN classification algorithm. The identified vegetation types are related to seven syntaxa traditionally used by Central European phytosociologists: dry-mesic oak forest on sandy soils (Carici fritschii-Quercetum roboris), dry-mesic oak forest on heavy soils (Potentillo albae-Quercetum), dry-mesic oak forest on basic rocky substrates (Corno-Quercetum), dry-mesic oak forest on acidic substrates (Sorbo torminalis-Quercetum), dry oak forest on loess (Quercetum pubescenti-roboris), dry-mesic oak forest on loess (Convallario-Quercetum roboris), dry-mesic forest of Turkey oak (Quercetum petraeae-cerris). Detrended correspondence analysis was used to visualize the similarity of vegetation types. Some aspects of dry-mesic oak forest ecology, distribution and dynamics in Slovakia are discussed; their general retreat due to mesophilous tree species expansion is stressed.
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