Aristida tuberculosa
Beach three-awned grass
Image of Aristida tuberculosa

Photo by Emmet J. Judziewicz 

Key Characteristics

Small tufted annual grass (30-70 cm) of dry sandy soil; spikelets with three awns, which are twisted together at the base to form a column (5-9 mm).

Status and Rank

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

Occurrences

County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Berrien21976
Cass11908
Van Buren11908
Distribution map for Aristida tuberculosa

Updated 1/31/2017. 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.

Habitat

Known only from two collections in sandy barrens in southwestern Lower Michigan. Historically, it likely occurred in dry sand prairie or oak barrens landscapes.

Natural Community Types

Methodology

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

Sassafras, hairy pinweed, Indian grass, horsemint, flowering spurge, sunflower, black oak, and old field goldenrod.

Management

Requires early successional or open habitat and local disturbance. Fire may also be important in maintaining habitat.

General Survey Guidelines

Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement 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 May 23, 2017]

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