Presentation of the floristic assets of the Bodrogköz based on domestic and international protection registers

Dániel Cserhalmi, Orsolya Szirmai, János Nagy, Szilárd Czóbel, Bernadett Gál, Tibor Szerdahelyi, Zoltán Tuba

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The floristic and nature conservation value of the Bodrogköz is proved by identification of a large number of protected and rare species. In terms of numbers a total of 53 protected and 1 strictly protected vascular species live in the Bodrogköz; this represents over 7% of the vascular flora taxon in the region identified to date. If we take the land history and geographical position (Great Plain) of this small region into account, the number of protected species is particularly high. The only strictly protected plant species (Pulsatilla hungarica) in the region was first found in 1915 by Margittai. During the course of our fieldwork we were unfortunately unable to find examples of the species; its inclusion is based on the above publications. Numerous protected species are found in the area in unusually large populations; examples include Leucanthemella serotina, and, in the oxbow lakes Nyphea alba and Trapa natans. The real rarities of the region include Ludwigia palustris, Ranunculus lingua, and Thalictrum aquilegiifolium. As a result of our research numerous species were found that can be considered new to the Bodrogköz flora e.g. Dianthus deltoides, Iris graminea, Epipactis tallosii. In order to achieve a more exact survey and recording of the floristic and vegetation value we also took into account Hungarian and international nature conservation laws, orders, agreements as to protected and endangered categories. 12 taxa of the Bodrogköz feature on CORINE Biotopes Program (survey of the most valuable and most important species from the Hungarian and European perspective) list of species to be protected. 4 taxa and 4 habitats are on the NATURA 2000 - the EU habitat type, and areas highlighted for the protection of animal and plant species - network list. 8 taxa from the Bodrogköz are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of protected and endangered species. 7 are on the Washington Agreement (CITES) list dealing with the trade in endangered animals or plants living in the wild; 3 taxa are on the Bern Agreement regulating the protection of animals or plants living in the wild, and habitats in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-324
Number of pages10
JournalThaiszia Journal of Botany
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009



  • Domestic and international protection registers
  • Plant species
  • Protected

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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Cserhalmi, D., Szirmai, O., Nagy, J., Czóbel, S., Gál, B., Szerdahelyi, T., & Tuba, Z. (2009). Presentation of the floristic assets of the Bodrogköz based on domestic and international protection registers. Thaiszia Journal of Botany, 19(SUPPL. 1), 315-324.