Plants and Animals
Stachys pilosa Hairy hedge-nettle
Perennial forb of mesic or seasonally moist areas; stem with spreading hairs, leafy from base to inflorescence; leaves hairy and green underneath, greater than 13.0 mm wide; inflorescence stem hairy underneath inflorescence and terminal; sepals hairy and less than 8.0 mm long; flower petals hairy.
Status and Rank
US Status: No Status/Not Listed
State Status: SC - Special Concern (rare or uncertain; not legally protected)
Global Rank: G5 - Secure
State Rank: SNR - Not ranked
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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.
Known Michigan occurrences are in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Found in mesic to seasonally moist areas in jack pine plains, thickets, meadows, stream banks, lake and pond shores; rarely along roads and railroads.
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.
Only documented associate in Michigan is jack pine (Pinus banksiana). Known associates in Virginia occurrences include sedges (Carex interior, C. prairea), water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile), spotted Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum), rushes (Juncus balticus, Juncus brachycephalus, and Juncus torreyi), and shining ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes lucida).
Little information is documented on habitat and communities of Michigan occurrences. It is found in wetlands throughout its range. This species requires conservation of habitat and regional and local protection of the hydrology. Where this species occurs is wetland habitat, protect the hydrology by avoiding surface water inputs, drainage ditches, road construction, agricultural development, and logging in adjacent uplands.
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.
Survey Period: From third week of June to second week of September
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