Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Canby's Mountain-lover
Paxistima canbyi
Family: Celastraceae

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

Global Rank: G2
State Rank: S2

Calcareous rocks and slopes (generally near the top of cliffs or bluffs), rocky woods in the mountains, usually above major streams.

Species Description:
Low evergreen shrub up to 30 cm tall often occurring in patches with smooth serrulate opposite leaves and very small green flowers.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.
Fruiting Period: Early September to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves evergreen, opposite; flowers perfect; fruit 2-valved; aril white.

Timber removal would increase light and change moisture conditions and could detrimentally impact this species. Pest plants are a threat to this species. Euonymus scale has infected some populations so all populations should be checked for evidence of this pathogen.

Global Range:
Occurrences appear to be in two major groups, one in the central Appalachians of southern Pennsylvania, western Maryland, western Virginia, and eastern West Virginia, and the other in the Interior Low Plateau of central Kentucky, southern Ohio, and central Tennessee; a few occurrences from each group spill into the intervening Cumberlands/Southern Ridge and Valley region. Most occurrences are in West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky, with only a few in the other states. Reported from North Carolina, but the report was determined to have been based on introduced plants.

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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