Alliance VBC

Batrachion fluitantis Neuhäusl 1959

Vegetation of aquatic plants in streams

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The alliance Batrachion fluitantis includes vegetation dominated by different species of Batrachium (Ranunculus subgen. Batrachium), Callitriche, and other submerged aquatic macrophytes adapted to fast running water, usually with fluctuating water table and restricted availability of nutrients. These species have roots or rhizomes firmly anchored in the bottom, elastic and firm stems, and leaves with blades divided into long narrow parts. Some species also have leaves floating on the water surface. Besides generative reproduction, the species often spread through vegetative fragments. This vegetation occurs mainly in the upper and middle sections of rivers or in larger brooks, but also in some clean still water bodies. It is typical of north-western to central Europe, while in south-eastern Europe it is less diverse or absent due to higher temperatures and better nutrient status of streams.

Citation: Šumberová K. (2011): Vegetace vodních rostlin zakořeněných ve dně (Potametea). Vegetation of aquatic plants rooted in the bottom. – In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 3. Vodní a mokřadní vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 3. Aquatic and wetland vegetation], p. 101–247, Academia, Praha.
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