Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Rosy Twisted-stalk
Streptopus lanceolatus
Family: Liliaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Rich mountain woods.

Species Description:
Perennial herb from rhizome. Leaves are simple, arranged alternately on the stem and have parallel-venation. The pink flowers and red fruit (a berry) dangle below the stem.

Flowering Period: April-June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Rosy-twisted stalk is distinguished from the closely related bellworts (Uvularia) and mandarin (Prosartes or Disporum) by their pink colored flowers that originate at the base of the leaves. The fruit is a red berry.

Timber removal would also cause changes in light and hydrology that would alter the habitat for this species and should be considered in developing management plans.Roads, trails or other disturbance that create soil disturbance could have similar results.

Global Range:
S. roseus (typical) found in northeast, south to N. Carolina and west to Ohio and Kentucky.

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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