Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Northern Witchgrass
Dichanthelium boreale
Family: Poaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Shores, meadows, fields and thickets, open pine woodlands, openings on sandstone ridge tops.

Species Description:
Perennial grass.

Flowering Period: Early April to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The blades of this species are thin and erect and have cilia around the base. Spikelets are pubescent and around 2 mm in length.

Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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