Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Small Enchanter's Nightshade
Circaea alpina
Family: Onagraceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3

Wet ledges in mesophytic forests.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late July.
Fruiting Period: Early July to mid August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The small enchanter's nightshade differs from the common species, C. lutetiana, in having weak stems to 5 dm (smaller than the common species) and fruit is only 1-2 mm wide.

Timber removal or soil disturbance even in surrounding forests may change site moisture or light conditions and could degrade the habitat for this species. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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