British NVC community MC4 (Brassica oleracea maritime cliff-ledge community)

British NVC community MC4 (Brassica oleracea maritime cliff-ledge community)

British NVC community MC4 ("Brassica oleracea" maritime cliff-ledge community) is one of the maritime cliff communities in the British National Vegetation Classification system. It is one of five communities categorised as maritime cliff crevice and ledge communities.

This community is found locally on the south coast of England. There are two subcommunities.

Community composition

Four constant species are found in this community:
* Red Fescue ("Festuca rubra")
* Wild Cabbage ("Brassica oleracea")
* Cock's-foot ("Dactylis glomerata")
* Sea Carrot ("Daucus carota" ssp. "gummifer")

Three rare species are associated with this community, Wild Cabbage itself, Early Spider-orchid ("Ophrys sphegodes") and Nottingham Catchfly ("Silene nutans").

Distribution

This community is found on the south coast of Britain, in west Cornwall, Dorset and Kent.

ubcommunities

There are two subcommunities:
* the "Beta vulgaris" ssp. "maritima" subcommunity
* the Rayed "Ononis repens" subcommunity

References

* Rodwell, J. S. (2000) "British Plant Communities Volume 5 - Maritime communities and vegetation of open habitats" ISBN 0-521-39167-9 (hardback), ISBN 0-521-64476-3 (paperback)


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