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White Carpathians - Protected Areas


This small-scale protected area has been designated to conserve a flower meadow on the slopes of the Hlubocsky stream (Hlubocsky potok) in the Vlara Pass (Vlarsky prusmyk).

While some plant species can be found all over Europe (e.g. the common dandelion), some are unique, limited to a particular small area, and cannot be found anywhere else. Such species are called endemic. One of the species limited in its area to a certain part of the Carpathian mountain range, is a kind of groundsel, Tephroseris longifolia subsp. Moravica, growing in some parts of the Carpathian range across the state border in Slovakia. In 1983, it was discovered also here, in Hluboce. Quite soon after that, the meadow was fertilized using artificial fertilizers – and the groundsel, together with many other species, soon started to decline and eventually disappeared. When botanists could not find any remaining specimen, they decided to make an attempt at reintroduction of the species. They gathered seeds from other locations in the vicinity and grew new seedlings, which could then be planted on the site. So far, however, their efforts have not been successful.

Other rare plant species include a critically endangered form of the Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys fuciflora subsp. Holubyana) and other orchid species – the Elder-flowered Orchid Dactylorhiza sambucina, and a form of the Spotted-orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. sooana.

Type of protected area under CZ national legislation: Nature Monument

Managed by: the state, through Bile Karpaty (White Carpathians) Protected Landscape Area Administration

Practical site management: state financed, conducted by local farmers (sub-contracted)

GPS position

N 49° 3.587', E 18° 2.867'



Vzdělávací a informační středisko Bílé Karpaty, o.p.s.
Marie Petrů
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