Danthonia intermedia
Wild oat grass

Key Characteristics

Densely tufted grass of alvar; leaves very narrow (2-4 mm) and roughened; spikelets purple, borne on ascending braches of the inflorescence; lemma glabrous on back.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: SC
  • State Rank: S1S2
  • Global Rank: G5

Occurrences

County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Delta21990
Keweenaw51982
Marquette11990
Schoolcraft11978
Distribution map for Danthonia intermedia

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

Found on limestone pavement and bedrock shorelines, though the species poorly known in Michigan. Taxonomic questions about this species require resolution.

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

New England violet, bulrush sedge, wild chives, butterwort, northern spikemoss, and veiny meadow-rue.

Management

Little is known of this species, though protection of bedrock shorelines is likely important. The primary need at present is to determine status and taxonomy.

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 Jun 27, 2017]

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