Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Shortleaf Skeleton-grass
Gymnopogon brevifolius
Family: Poaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Pine savannas, sandhills, dry woodlands (Weakley 1998); sandy or peaty ground, pine barrens on the coastal plain.

Species Description:
Perennial grass.

Flowering Period: Early August to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This grass is distinctive because the slender branches of the inflorescence are widely divergent (perpendicular) from the main axis or stem. The spikes are not closely grouped but are spread along the rachis. The plant occurs in prairie remnants, barrens, and glades. The lemma is sparsely pilose-ciliate and has a short awn (0.8-1.6 mm long).

Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species is necessary. Soil disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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