Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Great Angelica
Angelica atropurpurea
Family: Apiaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

Open floodplain forests.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The leaf sheath of plants in the Angelica genus are expanded (0. 1 cm wide) and the umbels are wide (up to 20 cm) and these characters help to distinguish them from other white-flowered members of the carrot family. The side ribs of the fruit have thin flat wings. Angelica atropurpurea has leaf teeth that are without any cilia and hyaline (have a white clear edge). A. atropurpurea is stout, to 2 m in height, glabrous or nearly so to the inflorescence. Lower leaves 1-3 dm and long-petiolate with the upper leaves progressively smaller. Leaflets are acute and sharply serrate. The umbels have 20-45 thinly hairy rays.

Avoid degradation of water quality or changes in natural stream flow.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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