Slender Wedgegrass - Sphenopholis intermedia
Sphenopholis obtusata var. major
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Rare in Montana, where it has only been documented from a very few collections, though the population data required to more precisely assign a conservation rank are lacking.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
Score1-2 - Small to Moderate. Population size is imprecisely known but is believed to be >2,000 individuals and <100,000 individuals.
Score1 - Peripheral, Disjunct or Sporadic Distribution in MT: Widespread species that is peripheral, disjunct or sporadically distributed within MT such that it occurs in <5% of the state (<7,500 sq. miles or the combined area of Beaverhead and Ravalli Counties) or is restricted to 4-5 sub-basins.
Area of Occupancy
Score1 - Moderate: Generally occurring in 11-25 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
Score0-1 - Low to Moderate.
CommentVarious mesic sites. May respond favorably to some disturbance.
Score0-1 - Stable to Minor Declines:
Score0-1 - Low to Medium.
Score0 - Low Vulnerability: Species does not have any unusual or specific life history or biological attributes or limted reproductive potential which makes it susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and thus slow to recover.
Raw Conservation Status Score
3 to 7 total points scored out of a possible 19.
Stems 30–100 cm. Leaves: blades flat, 2–6 mm wide. Inflorescence nodding open panicle, 7–20 cm long. Spikelets 2.5–4 mm long; second glume typically broadest below the tip. Lemmas 2–3 mm long (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Fruiting in July - August.
This species is distinguished from the more common Sphenopholis obtusata by the relatively open inflorescence in which branches are evident, pointed glume tips, and lemma length 2.5 mm or greater.
Sporadic throughout most of North America (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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- Additional ReferencesLegend: View Online Publication
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- Heidel, B.L. and K.H. Dueholm. 1995. Sensitive plant survey in the Sioux District, Custer National Forest, 1994, Carter County, Montana and Harding County, South Dakota. Unpublished report to the Custer National Forest. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, Montana. 95 pp. plus appendices.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.