New York Natural Heritage Program
Alpine Sweetgrass
Anthoxanthum monticola ssp. monticola
Family: Grass Family (Poaceae)

State Protection: Endangered
listed species are those with: 1) 5 or fewer extant sites, or 2) fewer than 1,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to fewer than 4 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) species listed as endangered by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: This plant is threatened/imperiled in New York because of rarity (typically 6-20 populations or few remaining individuals) or is vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5T3T5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5T3T5 means: Vulnerable globally, or Secure -- Conservation status of the subspecies/variety is uncertain, and could range from moderate risk of extinction due to rarity or other factors, to uncommon, to common globally. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status. (The species as a whole is common globally.)

Did you know?
Alpine sweet grass, like its close relatives indian sweet grass (Anthoxanthum hirtum and A. nitens) and sweet vernal grass (A. odoratum) has a sweet fragrance when cut, which is a result of the presence of coumarine. This aromatic organic compound also produces the fragrance of fresh-cut hay, and is used in perfumes.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are eight known extant populations and about half of these have fewer than 100 plants.

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