Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Eastern Featherbells
Stenanthium gramineum
Family: Liliaceae

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

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S2S3

Mesic forests on river bluffs and in seeps and ridgetops, ephemeral streambanks, wet boulder-cobble bars and riverbanks.

Species Description:
Perennial herb of the lily family, with grass-like leaves and small white or greenish flowers in long, branched clusters at the end of the stem.

Flowering Period: Early July to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The genus Stenanthium is distinguished by its terminal, paniculate inflorescence, its grasslike leaves, leafy stem from a bulb, small flowers, and petals fused and widest at the base.

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:
Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, south to Florida, west to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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