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

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.

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.

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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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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