Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Prairie Junegrass
Koeleria macrantha
Family: Poaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Dry soils, prairies, sand hills, open woods (Gleason & Cronquist 1991); sandstone glades.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early May to late July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This grass has long slender shiney leaves and the culms are hairy below the inflorescence. The inflorescence appears to be a silvery green, dense spike. The axis of the infloresence is densely pubescent with fine hairs. The palea is hyaline and the glumes are unequal, somewhat keeled and scarious margined. This species is associated with dry, open, grassy woods and prairies (the latter in the Mid-west).

May tolerate some timber removal if done without excessive soil disturbance (disking/chopping) and if immediate vicinity of plant is protected from debris and direct cutting etc.

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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