Plants and Animals
Oxalis violacea Violet wood sorrel
Small forb of mesic prairies; leaves all basal, three-parted and shamrock-like on long slender petioles; flowers purple, borne in clusters.
Status and Rank
State Status: X - Presumed extirpated (legally 'threatened' if rediscovered)
Global Rank: G5 - Secure
State Rank: SX - Presumed extirpated
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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.
Collected only twice in the state: once in Monroe County where it was found in damp sandy soil, and once in Berrien County.
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.
No data are available for Michigan collections. In the Chicago region, this species occurs with such prairie associates as lead plant, azure aster, heath aster, smooth aster, shooting star, rattlesnake master, downy gentian, alum root, yellow star-grass, hoary puccoon, prairie dropseed, and needle grass.
A status survey is the principal need for this species. If found, it would likely benefit from activities like prescribed burning that maintain an open canopy and inhibit succession to woody plants.
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.
Survey Period: From first week of April to fourth week of June
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