Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Bay Starvine
Schisandra glabra
Family: Schisandraceae

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

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S1

Mesic wooded slopes.

Species Description:
Perennial vine.

Flowering Period: Early June to late July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The leaves of this vine are somewhat fleshy, pale green and remotely and coarsely serrate. The leaves are crowded toward the tips on shorter branchs (almost appearing as palmately arrange leaflets). Fruits are red but, as with the flowers, these are usually well above the ground and out of site. The Kentucky habitat is a sandstone/shale talus slope. Information from Taylor, D. 1994. Sida 16: 213.

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:
In the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal plains from North Carolina south to northern Florida, west to Louisiana and up the Mississippi Embayment into western Tennessee and east Arkansas (Kral).

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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