New York Natural Heritage Program
Pod Grass
Scheuchzeria palustris L.
Scheuchzeria palustris Stephen M. Young
Family: scheuchzeria family (Scheuchzeriaceae)

State Protection: Rare
listed species have: 1) 20 to 35 extant sites, or 2) 3,000 to 5,000 individuals statewide.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S3
A State Rarity Rank of S3 means: This plant is rare in New York (typically 21-50 populations, limited number of individuals, or limited range).

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
For those who buy bags of peatmoss, you may occassionally find long rope-like strands mixed in with the peat. There is a good chance that these long-strands are rhizomes (i.e., underground stems) from pod grass (Scheuchzeria palustris). This plant is common in northern bogs where most of the peat is harvested. A detailed study of the peat allows you to identify other plant species from old stems or other parts located within the peat.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are 26 known populations of this peatland plant, with some populations containing hundreds of individuals. Possibly as many as a dozen more populations might be encounted through focused surveys in peatlands within the Adirondacks and Tug Hill.

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