Kitaibelia vol. 5 – no. 2. (2000) p.249-270.
Adatok az Észak-Mezőföld löszflórájához
This publication provides new floristic data for loess grasslands in the Northern Mezőföld region of Hungary (except the Zámolyi Basin and the environs of Belsőbáránd). Most of the once widespread natural loess vegetation has been converted to agricultural land by today with small grassland fragments surviving on steep slopes, on prehistoric earthworks and on road verges. The highly varied geomorphology of this region contributed to the survival of a very rich loess flora with numerous rare species (e.g. Nepeta parviflora, Orobanche caesia, Phlomis tuberosa). Since 1997 our field survey covered ca. 250 loess grassland fragments where 5 strictly protected and 33 protected plant species were found. Only local protection of the most valuable grassland patches can preserve this high diversity.