Orchid diversity of the Súľovské vrchy Mountains and the northern part of Strážovské vrchy Mountains
The aim of this study was the mapping and evaluation of diversity of the orchid family in the Súľovské vrchy Mountains in the northern part of the Strážovské vrchy Mountains and the foothill areas in the Považské podolie and Žilinská kotlina Basin. The field survey was conducted during the spring and summer season in 2017 and 2018. Coordinates of each individual or the population of all orchid species were recorded by a GPS device in various habitats including forests, rocks and scree, water springs, mires and fens, meadows and pastures, xerophilous and thermophilous grasslands, bushes, and ruderal habitats at altitudes ranging from 237 - 1213 m a.s.l. Historical records of orchids in the studied area were verified and changes in species composition were evaluated. The result is a list of 65 species, subspecies and hybrids with a brief description of the locality, a brief commentary, a map of the expansion in the Central European square map and a species diversity map.
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