Giant Cutgrass Zizaniopsis miliacea (Michaux) Doell & AschersonEndangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)    Synonyms: Southern Wild Rice.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Poales   >   Family Poaceae   >   Genus Zizaniopsis   


In Maryland Giant Cutgrass is an endangered species and has a state ranking of S1. This rare aquatic grass can be found in freshwater to oligohaline marshes in Calvert and Worcester Counties. In Maryland habitat loss is a major factor for the rarity of Giant Cutgrass. This species is also effected by the rapid spread of phragmites (MD DNR, 2017).


Giant Cutgrass is a host plant for Broad-winged Skipper and Rare Skipper.

There are 7 records in the project database.

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