Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Rough Dropseed
Sporobolus clandestinus
Family: Poaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Prairies, limestone glades, limestone cliff edges, along railroads.

Species Description:
Perennial grass.

Flowering Period: Early September to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species occurs as solitary or tufted culms and lower leaf sheath is frequently pubescent. The leaves are hairy, the ligule a short fringe of hair, inflorescence dense and cylindric in shape, lemma awnless and pubescent and 3.5-6.3 with 1 vein, glume is 2.5-5.2 in length.

Woody plant succession may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. If woody plant are to be removed, hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species will probably be needed. Soil disturbance that results in increased erosion and weed/pest invasion would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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