Lechea minor
Least pinweed

Key Characteristics

Divergent-branching forb of oak barrens and sandy shores; stems with erect to ascending hairs; leaves minute (3-6 mm) and crowded on the stem; flower with the two outer sepals longer than the inner three; fruit a round capsule, containing 2-3 seeds.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: X
  • State Rank: S1
  • Global Rank: G5


County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Distribution map for Lechea minor

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.


Few habitat data are available for this species. It has been described as occurring in dry to moist sandy ground, especially on lakeshores. Least pinweed has not been documented in the state since 1946.

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

May occur with such species as panic grass, beak-rush, little bluestem, blueberry, and autumn sedge.


A status survey is necessary for a better understanding of the habitat requirements of this species. If found, it would likely benefit from processes that maintain oak barrens such as prescribed fire and protection of hydrology and naturally fluctuating water tables where it occurs in or near wetlands.

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 http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/explorer [Accessed Aug 18, 2018]


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