Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Canada Burnet
Sanguisorba canadensis
Family: Rosaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Marshes, wet meadows, and damp prairies (Gleason & Cronquist 1991); also fens and spray zones around waterfalls (Weakley 1998); peaty or boggy soils; in KY, found on moist exposed rocky sandstone ledge.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid July to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Herbs with leaves pinnately compound (7-15 leaflets) and progressively reduced up the stems. Flowers with no petals and with 4 sepals. Inflorescence a dense spike or head, 1 to several per plant, long-pedunculate, hypanthium urceolate, contracted at the mouth and four-angled.

Timber removal would be detrimental. Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:
Nfld. to Ga., W. to Que. and Ill.; same or a similiar species in Pacific NW and E. Asia. Considered rare in Mich., Ky., Ind., Oh., Md., Vir., Tenn.

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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