New York Natural Heritage Program
Field Beadgrass
Paspalum laeve Michx.
Paspalum laeve plants Stephen M. Young
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: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: This plant is endangered/critically imperiled in New York because of extreme rarity (typically 5 or fewer populations or very few remaining individuals) or is extremely vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G4G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G4G5 means: Apparently or Demonstrably Secure globally - Uncommon to common in the world, but not rare; usually widespread, but may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Did you know?
This grass likes damp sands, often in parks or roadsides, where the plants are often mowed before they can reveal their attractive seed heads.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are five existing populations but two of them have less than 50 plants. Population sizes change substantially year-to-year because of their dynamic habitat and mowing regimes. This grass has always been rare in New York with only six historical occurrences.

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