Plant Community of the Year

Since 2019, the “Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft” has been electing a “Plant community of the year”. This is intended to bring not only species, but entire species communities into the public eye. A further aim is to provide targeted support for political and administrative decision-making and implementation processes linked to the preservation of the diversity of ecosystems and plant communities in Germany.

2022 – Arable vegetation of calcareous soils (Caucalidion)

The “Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft e.V.” selected the highly endangered flower-rich arable vegetation of calcareous soils (Caucalidion) as the plant community of the year 2022. It is not about nostalgic memories, but about the necessity for humans and the environment to preserve this rare community in our cultural landscapes. The FlorSoz board has produced a press releas, a flyer and a publication in the journal Tuexenia, Volume 41, to support the campaign.

2021 – Hardwood floodplain forest

Hardwood floodplain forests are among the most endangered plant communities in Germany, which is why they have been selected by the “Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft” as “Plant community of the year 2021”. The FlorSoz board has produced a press release, a flyer and a publication in the journal Tuexenia, Volume 40, to support the campaign.

2020 – Mat-grass communities (Nardus stricta grassland)

In 2020, mat-grass communities had been selected as plant community of the year. They, too, are currently among the most threatened plant communities in Germany due to the decline in area and the loss of species. Measures for the habitat types’ protection and restoration are therefore urgently needed. The FlorSoz board has produced a press release, a flyer and a publication in the journal Tuexenia, Volume 39, to support the campaign.

2019 – Oat-grass meadow

The oat-grass meadow community is one of the plant communities in Germany that is particularly threatened by the loss of species and area decline. Measures for its protection and restoration are therefore urgently needed. For this reason, the oat-grass meadow community had been designated plant community of the year 2019. The board of the “Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft” has produced a press release, a flyer and a publication in the journal Tuexenia, Volume 38, to support the campaign.