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

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Habitat:
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.

Phenology:
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.

Management:
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
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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
naturepreserves@ky.gov
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