Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Hairy False Gromwell
Onosmodium hispidissimum
Family: Boraginaceae

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

Global Rank: G4G5T4
State Rank: S1

Dry calcareous rocky or gravelly prairies, banks, glades. dry hills, woods, fields.

Species Description:
A herb with a woody root, several coarsely hairy stems, simple alternate leaves, and coiled flower clusters.

Flowering Period: Early June to late July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Plants are densely hairy and robust with leaves to 4 cm wide. The fruit have a collar unlike other varieties. Corolla tubular, regular, dull yellowish white, the lobes erect and acute. Ovary deeply 4 parted. Anthers included. Style long exsert.

Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species is necessary. Soil disturbance resulting from activities such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

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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