Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Polygala paucifolia
Family: Polygalaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

Moist rich woods (Cronq.1991)

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species has the largest flowers of the genus (13-19mm long) and 6 stamens. The well developed leaves are mostly near the summit of the plant. These summit leaves are oval and and 1.5-4 cm long. Members of this genus have the petals modified to form a tube around the stamens and 2 of the 5 sepals are petaloid forming the "wings" of the flower.

Timber removal would be detrimental. 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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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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