Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Golden Club
Orontium aquaticum
Family: Araceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2

Swamps and shallow water, chiefly on coastal plain; also peaty and stagnant water, streambeds in the piedmont, and bogs and swamps in the mountains (Weakley 1998).

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This aquatic plant has elliptic shaped leaves with parallel venation that narrows to a stout petiole with a dilated base; leaves are all basal. The flowers are in a spadix (an elongated axis with flowers embedded) and the flowers are yellow. The spathe is a tubular sheath surrounding the base of the spadix.

Changes in hydrology or degradation of water quality in the habitat for this species could cause decline. Changes could result from tree removal on adjacent slopes, stream/wetland alteration, increased erosion or soil deposition in this stream habitat. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species.

Global Range:
Massachusetts to Florida, west to central New York, southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, western Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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