Alliance RCA

Sphagnion magellanici Kästner et Flössner 1933

Continental and subcontinental bogs

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This alliance includes species-poor vegetation of both open and wooded bogs in continental to subcontinental areas. Communities are dominated by hummock-forming Sphagnum species, small shrubs and species of Cyperaceae. Open bog vegetation is restricted to deep peat with a stable water regime and to suboceanic regions with high precipitation, whereas wooded bog vegetation is more common on shallow peat with fluctuating water level. Wooded bogs are characterized by a semi-open canopy made up of Pinus species, more rarely by Picea abies and Betula species.

Citation: Hájková P., Navrátilová J. & Hájek M. (2011): Vegetace vrchovišť (Oxycocco-Sphagnetea). Bog vegetation. – In: Chytrý M. (ed.), Vegetace České republiky. 3. Vodní a mokřadní vegetace [Vegetation of the Czech Republic 3. Aquatic and wetland vegetation], p. 705–736, Academia, Praha.
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