Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Ground Juniper
Juniperus communis var. depressa
Family: Cupressaceae

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

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S2

Sandy cliff edges and in adjacent pine-oak woodlands (Medley 1993).

Species Description:
Shrubby tree.

Flowering Period: Early April to late April.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Juniperus communis differs from eastern red cedar in that the leaves are in whorls of 3 (rather than opposite), and the needles have a joint at the base (and snap off cleanly when dry); cones are axillary (rather than at the end of the branches). Also it is a shrub less than 2 m in height.

Timber removal would be detrimental. Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

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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