Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants


 
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission





Copper Iris
Iris fulva
Family: Iridaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

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Habitat:
Sloughs, muddy shores and swampy woods and also drainage ditches, roadsides swales.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Phenology:
Flowering Period: Early April to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The flowers of this iris are coppery color varying to brick red and the petals are about equal in length to the sepals. The sepals do not have a beard. These plants stand over 20 cm tall and occur in open wetlands.

Management:
The habitat for this species is especially sensitive to changes in hydrology and not likely to withstand much alteration. Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would 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:
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Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
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