Sisyrinchium fuscatum
Farwell's blue-eyed-grass

Key Characteristics

Small loosely clustered forb, known only from an 1898 collection from "fields" in southeast Michigan; base of plant with dense tufts of brownish fibers.  Spathes on stalks that arise from leaf-like bract at base, t he stalks thus appearing branched; flowers light blue, the petals less than 7 mm long.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: X
  • State Rank: SX
  • Global Rank: G5?

Occurrences

No known occurrences in Michigan

Updated 7/21/2017. 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

Collected from "fields" in Birmingham, perhaps a remnant prairie or similar grassland.

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

No associates known in Michigan.  Species occurs prmarily along the Southeastern United State Coast down through Florida.

Management

General Survey Guidelines

Survey Methods

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/explorer [Accessed Oct 19, 2017]

References

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