New York Natural Heritage Program
Fernald's Bluegrass
Poa laxa ssp. fernaldiana (Nannf.) Hyl.
Poa fernaldiana ssp. laxa specimen at the New York State Museum herbarium. 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: G5?T3
A Global Rarity Rank of G5?T3 means: Vulnerable globally - The subspecies/variety is at moderate risk of extinction due to rarity or other factors; typically 80 or fewer populations or locations in the world, few individuals, restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or recent and widespread declines. (The species as a whole is most likely common globally.)

Did you know?
This species is named after Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1873-1950), who was one of the most prominent and respected North American botanists of the 20th century. The species name refers to the drooping branches of the inflorescence.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There is only one known extant population, with 10 "tufts" counted during the last survey. This population is threatened by trampling from hiker traffic.

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