About FloraVeg.EU

FloraVeg.EU is an online database of European flora and vegetation data prepared for various projects of the Vegetation Science Group, Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Most of the datasets were created in collaboration with partners from the European Vegetation Survey Working Group of the International Association for Vegetation Science. It uses the Pladias database platform developed in collaboration with the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The Flora part of the database focuses on native and naturalized flora occurring in Europe. Cultivated plants are not within the scope of the database, although the most commonly cultivated crops and woody plants are included. Taxon concepts and nomenclature largely follow the Euro+Med PlantBase. Species are characterized by their biological traits, origin, ecological indicator values and their occurrence in habitat and vegetation types.

The Vegetation part of the database contains the phytosociological (syntaxonomic) classification of European vegetation based on EuroVegChecklist (Mucina et al. 2016, Applied Vegetation Science). It includes three hierarchical classification levels: class, order and alliance. Data on structure, ecology and biogeography, distribution maps and photographs are provided for individual vegetation types.

The Habitat part of the database presents the terrestrial part of the EUNIS Habitat Classification managed by the European Environment Agency and elaborated by the IAVS Working Group European Vegetation Survey (Chytrý et al. 2020, Applied Vegetation Science). It includes three hierarchical levels. Brief descriptions, characteristic species combinations, distribution maps and links to phytosociological alliances are provided for individual habitat types.

When using data from the FloraVeg.EU portal, the source should be cited as “Database of the European Flora and Vegetation, www.floraveg.eu”. When using specific datasets, the original sources given in the FloraVeg.EU database should be cited. When using images of vegetation types from this website, the author of the image and the source FloraVeg.EU should be credited.

The FloraVeg.EU database and this online portal were created within the EXPRO project no. 19-28491X funded by the Czech Science Foundation. The creation of the datasets of species indicator values and plant dispersal was funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (SS70010002) through the 2019–2020 BiodivERsA joint call for research proposals, under the BiodivClim ERA-Net COFUND program (project FeedBaCks).

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