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Sporobolus cryptandrus (Torr.) A. Gray
Common Name: SAND DROPSEED
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Grass

Sporobolus cryptandrus A. A. Reznicek

Sandy shores, oak savanna, barrens, and dunes; locally common in sandy disturbed areas (roadsides, railroads, fields). At some stations, particularly in the northern Lower Peninsula, the species is undoubtedly adventive, although it is presumably indigenous in the southern part of the state.

This is our commonest species of the genus, easily distinguished by the hairy summits of the sheaths and small spikelets. The distinctive, curved, sickle-like sheaths enclosing the panicles are a characteristic feature of sandy roadsides in fall over much of Michigan.

Locations

Alcona County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Barry County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County
Clare County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gladwin County
Grand Traverse County
Huron County
Iosco County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Mackinac County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Saginaw County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 28, 2023. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2233.