Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Showy Gentian
Gentiana decora
Family: Gentianaceae

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

Global Rank: G4?
State Rank: S3

Moist woods and openings on mountain summits.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early September to late October.
Fruiting Period: Early October to mid November.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Flowers are slighltly closed and the calyx is densely hairy (puberulent) with lobes linear (appearing as little points). The folds of the blue corolla are about half the length of the corolla lobes.

Soil disturbance from trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion, surface water runoff and pest plant/weed invasion will likely be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species.

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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