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Central and Southern mixed grasslands (WWF ecoregion NA0803) View National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld home), View  WWF Wildfinder animal species list (WildFinder home)

Roadside, Lincoln Co., Kansas
Roadside, Lincoln Co., Kansas
(c) 2005 Carol J. Baskauf


Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.

Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 3 (bioregionally outstanding)
This mixed-grass prairie contains the highest floral complexity of any North American grassland ecoregion.  *

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 1 (critical)
Only about 5% of remaining habitat is intact.  Most natural vegetation has been converted to cropland or pasture and much of the rest is grazed.  Land conversion, fire suppression, and overgrazing are threats.*

Characteristic species*
Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)
Bouteloua cartipendala (grama grass)
Agropyron smithii (western wheatgrass)

 

* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al.  (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment.  World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada.  Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 337-340.

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