Plants and Animals
Dichanthelium microcarpon Small-fruited panic-grass
Delicate clumped grass of swamps; stems slender, with conspicuously bearded nodes, 4-7 cauline leaves, and a ligule (1 mm or less) of hairs; spikelets small (1.5 mm) and glabrous, borne in open spreading panicles.
Status and Rank
US Status: No Status/Not Listed
State Status: X - Presumed extirpated (legally 'threatened' if rediscovered)
Global Rank: G5TNR
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.
Very few data are available for this species, which is known from moist woods and thickets in or near forested and non-forested wetlands.
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.
Tamarack, red maple, marsh fern, bracken fern, dogbane, panic grass, poverty grass, black huckleberry, blueberry, rattlesnake weed, and tick-trefoil.
A status survey is the primary need for this species, which is known from several historical records. If found, it would likely require the protection of hydrology.
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.
Survey Period: From first week of June to fourth week of July
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