Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Eastern Sweetshrub
Calycanthus floridus var. glaucus
Family: Calycanthaceae

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

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S2

Rich mountain woods, hillsides, streambanks.

Species Description:
Perennial shrub.

Flowering Period: Early March to late June.
Fruiting Period: Early July to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Shrub 1-3 m in height, aromatic elliptic shaped leaves with smooth margins that are opposite on the stem. Leaves for this variety glabrous (without hairs) on the underside. Flowers are a very distinctive red maroon color with a perianth of numerous tepals spirally arranged at the top of the hypanthium (the cup around the ovaries/pistils).The fruit are a fleshy aggregate with hard ovoid seeds inside.

Disturbance to surrounding slopes such as ATV trails or timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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