Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Whorled Aster
Oclemena acuminata
Family: Asteraceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Moist sand in mesophytic forest, wet openings along stream on dip slope.

Species Description:
Perennial herb

Flowering Period: Early July to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species is distinguished by the copious glands on the achenes and the leaves have a viscid (sticky) underside. The sharply toothed (albeit few toothed) leaves are cauline (on the stem) and are over 6 cm long and 2 cm wide. The heads are corymbiform with white to pink rays (the outer flowers in the head). It is restricted to the Cumberland Mountains.

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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