Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants


 
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission





Prairie Gentian
Gentiana puberulenta
Family: Gentianaceae

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

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S1

P
Habitat:
Dry calcareous prairies (cedar glades), barrens and sandy ridges.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Phenology:
Flowering Period: Early August to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Flowers are blue and the tubes are wide open; the lobes of the corolla are shorter than the plaits or folds in the tube. The calyx lobes are linear. Leaves are ciliate towards the base. Plants are found in glades, barrens and remnant prairies.

Management:
Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species is necessary. Soil disturbance 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 and should be removed.


Global Range:
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Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
naturepreserves@ky.gov
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