, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 113–119 | Cite as

Vegetation shift after a clear-cut of non-native dwarf pine (Pinus mugo)

  • Miroslav ZeidlerEmail author
  • Barbora Hertlová
  • Marek Banaš
  • David Zahradník
Original Article


Dwarf pine (Pinus mugo) is a shrubby, polycormon-forming woody light-demanding species in the Central-European mountains, but it is non-native in the Jeseniky Mts. (the Hercynian Mts., the Czech Republic). Dwarf pine was introduced there at the nineteenth century, and its range expansion was the reason for the removal of this species by a small-scale clear-cut (locality Keprnik Mt.). The effect of the clear-cutting was recorded by means of phytosociological relevés, and three distinct habitats (alpine grasslands, dwarf pine plantation, clear-cut) were compared 6 years after the dwarf pine removal. On the clear-cut area, the highest species diversity was documented, invasive species were missing there, but plant composition remained transitional and expansive graminoids prevailed. Vegetation shifts denoted environmental changes that were attributed to post-management processes and particular plant attributes. That should be taken into account when planning future large-scale management.


Krummholz Management Restoration Succession Timberline 



This work was supported by grants No. SPII2d1/49/07 of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic and final completion by project of Palacký University in Olomouc IGA_PrF_2017_015. The anonymous reviewer is acknowledged for its advises and comments on this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miroslav Zeidler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbora Hertlová
    • 1
  • Marek Banaš
    • 1
  • David Zahradník
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Faculty of SciencePalacky UniversityOlomoucCzech Republic

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