Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants


 
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission





Snow Trillium
Trillium nivale
Family: Liliaceae

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

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1

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Habitat:
Mesophytic forests with limestone derived soils, slopes associated with large river systems.

Species Description:
A small, early spring blooming herb with a whorl of three leaves, and three showy white petals.

Phenology:
Flowering Period: Early March to late April.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Plants under 10 cm tall, flowers white and peduncled. Ovary 3 lobed (not winged), leaves definitely petioled. Peduncle recurved in fruit.

Management:
Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:
Ranging from Pennsylvania and Michigan west to South Dakota south to Virginia and Nebraska (Kartesz 1999), on calcareous substrates.

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
Email:
naturepreserves@ky.gov
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