Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Blue Mud-plantain
Heteranthera limosa
Family: Pontederiaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Sloughs, pond margins and mud flats.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late September.
Fruiting Period: Mid June to mid October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Purple-blue flowers and there is one flower per spathe (subtending leafy bract); leaves are longer than wide, generally ovate to obovate and the base is truncate or cuneate (wedge-shaped).

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or impacts due to erosion.Timber removal may be beneficial. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity is needed to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. 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. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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