Plants and Animals
Juncus stygius Moor rush
Perennial loosely clustered rush of fens in the Upper Peninsula; leaves without hard cross-partitions; inflorescence terminal, hemispherical, with only 1-4 flowers; margins of tepals white; seeds relatively large (3 mm) with pale tails.
Status and Rank
State Status: T - Threatened (legally protected)
Global Rank: G5 - Secure
State Rank: S1S2 - Rank is uncertain, ranging from critically imperiled to imperiled
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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.
Found in open to semi-open white cedar-black spruce-tamarack fens. It also occurs on sedge-sphagnum floating mats formed over alkaline lakes and peatland complexes with patterned fen, consisting of low, parallel peat ridges (strings) alternating with shallow, narrow, wet depressions (flarks).
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.
Northern white cedar, black spruce, tamarack, leatherleaf, twig-rush, sedge (Carex gynocrates, C. lasiocarpa, C. limosa), bulrush (Scirpus hudsonianus), beak-rush, grass-pink orchid, bog buckbean, sundew, pitcher-plant, and bog clubmoss.
This species requires protection of habitat and maintenance of hydrology. Prescribed fire may also play a role in maintaining suitable habitat.
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.
Survey Period: From fourth week of June to fourth week of July
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