Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Harper's fimbry
Fimbristylis perpusilla
Family: Cyperaceae

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

Global Rank: G2
State Rank: S1?

Muddy shorelines/mudflats along ponds,rivers, backwater sloughs, silty sandbars, depressional clearings (adapted from Natureserve Explorer).

Species Description:
A low growing annual sedge.

Flowering Period: July-September

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Harper's fimbry has thread-like leaves and a narrow, banana-shaped fruit.

Alterations in hydrology at a site could be detrimental. Logging or site distrubance could change the water relations at the site and also be conducive to weed invasion on these exposed shorelines. A vegetation buffer along shorelines would be helpful.

Global Range:
Lower Coastal Plain sporadically from Delaware to Georgia, disjunct site on Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee.

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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