Bristly Foxtail

Species Name: Setaria parviflora

Image Source:
Image Source:

Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Scattered colonies most often in linear patches along the upper borders of salt marshes, estuaries and salt pond margins out of normal tidal reach. Also found in disturbed sandy areas such as the edges of roads and paths in or near salt marshes, and in coastal meadows and back dunes.

Threats to Survival

Encroachment by woody species and exotic invasive plants, and trampling by foot traffic or vehicles on actively used trails and roads.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Mowing tends to favor with this species, and may be considered to expand favorable habitat at known locations. Monitoring for invasive plants, outcompeting native plants and disturbances by heavy recreational use.