Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Wild Lily-of-the-valley
Maianthemum canadense
Family: Liliaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2

Moist mesophytic woods, mountain and stream terraces, mesic rock faces, and recent clearings.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early May to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are cauline (on the stem), 2 or 3 in number, cordate (heartshape) and clasping. Flowers are terminal with 4 white spreading tepals, the perianth (petals and sepals together) 1-3 mm long. Fruit is pale red.

Timber removal 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:

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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