Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the first quarter of 2024

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler and Wolfgang Willner (on behalf of the VCS Chief Editor)

Stand of the Philonotido-Saxifragetum stellaris, a bryophyte-dominated, non-calcareous, arctic-alpine spring vegetation, from the Retezat Mts., Romania, belonging to the alliance Philonotidion seriatae nom. conserv. propos. This photo refers to the Editors’ Choice article by Hájek et al. (2024) (Photo credit: Petra Hájková)

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) has completed the first quarter of the 5th volume, containing in total four articles (see list below).

Among these, the Chief Editors selected the contribution by Hájek et al (2024) as the Editors’ Choice article. This Nomenclatural Proposal is part of the Permanent Collection “Phytosociological Nomenclature”, published in collaboration with IAVS’ Group on Phytosociological Nomenclature (GPN).

Checking the nomenclature of syntaxa is one of the most time-consuming parts of phytosociological revisions. In some cases, it turns out that the strict application of the International Code of Phytosociological Nomenclature (ICPN; Theurillat et al. 2021) would lead to unexpected changes of commonly used names or the maintenance of names that – due to various emendations – have become ambiguous or misleading. The latter happened to the alliance name Cardamino-Montion described by Braun-Blanquet in 1925. Originally comprising all non-calcareous spring vegetation, in recent surveys this alliance has been split into two or more alliances, especially along the elevational gradient. Unfortunately, the nomenclatural type of the Cardamino-Montion is an alpine community, while the two name-giving species are mostly restricted to lower altitudes. Therefore, Hájek et al. propose to conserve the younger name Philonotidion seriatae Hinterlang 1992, which is less ambiguous and would be suitable for both a narrow and a broader alliance concept. This paper is a good example of a nomenclatural proposal, a type of contribution exclusively found in VCS. Publication in VCS constitutes the official submission of proposals to the Working Group for Phytosociological Nomenclature (GPN) of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS).


  • Theurillat, J.-P., Willner, W., Fernández-González, F., Bültmann, H., Carni, A., Gigante, D., et al. (2021) International Code of Phytosociological Nomenclature. 4th edition. Applied Vegetation Science 24: e12491.

All articles of Volume 5, 1st quarter

  • Dengler, J., Biurrun, I., Jansen, F. & Willner, W. (2024) Vegetation Classification and Survey is performing well. Vegetation Classification and Survey 5: 1–10.
  • Hájek, H., Peterka, T., Hájková, P., Hinterlang, D., Zechmeister, H. & Chytrý, M. (2024) Proposal (36) to conserve the name Philonotidion seriatae Hinterlang 1992 for the species-poor, bryophyte-dominated, non-calcareous arctic-alpine spring vegetation of Europe. Vegetation Classification and Survey 5: 11–15.
  • Willner, W. (2024) How to classify forests? A case study from Central Europe. Vegetation Classification and Survey 5: 17–26.
  • Marcenò, C., Danihelka, J., Dziuba, T., Willner, W. & Chytrý, M. (2024) Nomenclatural revision of the syntaxa of European coastal dune vegetation. Vegetation Classification and Survey 5: 27–37.