Coastal Swamp Metarranthis

Species Name: Metarranthis pilosaria

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Acidic swamps and bogs, as well as sandplain pitch pine/scrub oak barrens and heathlands.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss, fire suppression, hydrologic alteration, invasion by exotic plants, introduced generalist parasitoids, insecticide spraying, off-road vehicles, and light pollution.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit impact human development has and fire management to keep habitat open.