Coenological data on temperate semidesert sandy grasslands in Hungary

G. Kemény, K. Penksza, Z. Nagy, Z. Tuba

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A neighbouring-quadrate transect study was conducted in order to examine the possible relationship between small scale topography and coenotaxa occurrence and cover in subassociations of Festucetum vaginatae Rapaics ex Soó 1929 sandy grassland plant community near Fülöpháza. These investigations served as a starting point in later soil seed bank studies. Cover of species was recorded in three transects of different exposition starting on the top of different dunes and ending in the depressions. Subassociations and facies forming species of the community occurred in all investigated transects. Parts of the transects could not have been classified unambiguously into any of the coenotaxa mentioned in the literature. In these zones the characteristic species of the different subassociations and facies were occurring together. These patches are probably also the ones where changes in dominance relations and simultaneous spread of a species can relatively easily happen, as it is the case with Cleistogenes serotina. Annual vegetation of the open sandy grassland, on the other hand, has occurred only in the transition zones, between the subassociations or facies. In these transects moss-lichen synusia were present usually in the subassociation Festucetum vaginatae stipetosum pennatae Kerner 1863.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-348
Number of pages16
JournalActa Botanica Hungarica
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001



  • Association
  • Festucetum vaginatae Rapaics ex Soó 1929
  • Sandy grassland
  • Sub- associations and facies forming species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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