Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

American Golden-saxifrage
Chrysosplenium americanum
Family: Saxifragaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2?

Springy or muddy soil, usually in shade (Gleason & Cronquist 1991); springheads, open wooded seeps, seepage banks of spring-fed streams, seasonally wet sandstone rocks, rills, cool wet areas.

Species Description:
Annual herb.

Flowering Period: Mid March to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Decumbent (stems laying down) with entire leaves (sometimes obscurely toothed) and the lower ones on the stem are oppositely arranged. The flowers are solitary at the end of the branches, sepals (there are no petals) are greenish yellow to red/purple marked and the center disk (the ovaries) is red/brown-purple to green. The 4-8 stamens are inserted in the notches of the 8 lobed-disk. Occurs in seepy areas.

Disturbance of surrounding areas such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction. Timber removal could change the moisture regime and detrimentally affect this species.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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