Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Starflower False Solomon's-seal
Maianthemum stellatum
Family: Liliaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Moist, especially sandy soils of woods, shores, and prairies (Gleason & Cronquist 1991)..

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early May to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are (hairy), sessile (without petioles) and there are more than six alternately arranged on the stem. The sessile terminal raceme is made up of small white (8-10 mm wide) flowers have 6 spreading tepals, all the same length. The fruit is a globose berry that is at first green with blackish stripes becoming dark red.

Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction. May tolerate some timber removal if done without excessive soil disturbance (disking/chopping) and if immediate vicinity of plant is protected from debris and direct cutting etc.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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