Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants


 
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission





Ovate Catchfly
Silene ovata
Family: Caryophyllaceae

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

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S1

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Habitat:
Dry - mesic forest, mountain summits. In IL found in calcareous sandstone woods, exposures on the side of slopes below a cap of sandstone.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Phenology:
Flowering Period: Early August to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This is a larger coarser plant than other Silene species standing 3-15 dm tall and is generally puberulent (hairy). The leaves are sessile and ovate (to broadly lanceolate) and are acute to acuminate and opposite at mid-stem. The calyx becomes a little inflated. The petals are white.

Management:
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:
Range centered in the southern Appalachians (Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia) and extending to Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
naturepreserves@ky.gov
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