Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Svenson's Wildrye
Elymus svensonii
Family: Poaceae

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

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S2S3

Limestone bluffs with shallow rocky soils, especially on rocky slopes and ledges; often found along stream and river corridors.

Species Description:
Perennial grass.

Flowering Period: Early July to late July.
Fruiting Period: Early August to mid October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The most distinctive character is the highly recurved awns of the fruit, although humidity may influence the degree the awns are recurved. In addition, the inflorescence generally droops. Glumes are absent or less than 20 mm in length.

Disturbance of surrounding areas such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion. Exotic pest plants and weed invasion are a threat. A forested buffer along the cliffline is beneficial and needed.

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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