Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash
Common Name: LITTLE BLUESTEM
Synonym: Andropogon scoparius
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Grass

Schizachyrium scoparium habitat B. S. Walters habitat

Andropogon scoparius of Michigan Flora.

A characteristic prairie species, but more often seen in Michigan on jack pine plains, sand dunes, and shores; dolomite pavements of Drummond Island; spreading along roadsides and railroads, in sandy old fields, etc. On sand dunes along Lake Michigan occurs subsp. littorale (Nash) Gandhi & Smeins, which is very glaucous, has decumbent bases that root from the lower nodes, and rather broad basal sheaths. This is known from Benzie, Berrien, Leelanau, Manistee, and Mason Cos. and presumably occurs elsewhere. This is sometimes recognized at species rank, but in addition to difficulties in distinguishing specimens, the plant was originally described from the East Coast of the US and it is not clear that Great Lakes dune plants are the same entity.

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Baraga County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Only on Drummond Island
Clare County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Grand Traverse County
Hillsdale County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Monroe County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ogemaw County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 17, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2214.