Eutrochium fistulosum
Hollow-stemmed Joe-pye weed

Key Characteristics

Very large forb (2-3 m) of rich woods and floodplains; stem reddish and 1-2 cm thick between nodes, hollow; leaves with 6 or more per whorl; flowers purple in large dome-shaped heads.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: T
  • State Rank: S1
  • Global Rank: G5?


County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Distribution map for Eutrochium fistulosum

Updated 5/15/2018. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.


Occurs in low ground, described as being in "sunny woods."

Natural Community Types


For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.

Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.

Associated Plants

Red maple, green ash, American elm, groundnut, touch-me-not, common elder, seedbox, side-flowering aster, tall, flat-topped aster, fowl manna grass, common satin grass, white oak, late goldenrod, tall goldenrod, and rough-leaved goldenrod.


Likely requires protection of habitat, including conservation of hydrological and natural disturbance regimes.

General Survey Guidelines

Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.

Survey Methods

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at [Accessed Sep 24, 2018]

More Information

See MNFI Species Abstract


Survey References

Technical References

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