Cypripedium kentuckiense C. F. Reed — Overview

Kentucky Lady's Slipper learn more about names for this taxon

IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)


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Range Description

Cypripedium kentuckiense is found in a narrow range from the Cumberland Plateau of Kentucky and northern Tennessee; the Interior Highlands of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma; and the Gulf Coastal Plain of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

This species is found in the following states, counties, and types of geographic regions (which give a more accurate representation of range than states because the species occupies such a small area compared to its total range):

  • Alabama: Coosa, Hale, Lowndes, Sumter (East Gulf Coastal Plain and Piedmont )
  • Arkansas: Boone, Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln), Madison, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Saline, Sevier, Yell (Boston and Ouachita Mountains of Ozark Region of the Interior Highlands and upper West Gulf Coastal Plain)
  • Kentucky: Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Lewis, McCreary, Owsley, Pulask, Rowan, Wolfe (Northeastern Bluegrass Subsection of Bluegrass Section of Interior Low Plateaus)
  • Tennessee: Decatur, Franklin, Scott (Cumberland Plateau Section of Unglaciated Appalachian Plateaus)
  • Virginia: Lancaster
  • Georgia: Laurens
  • Texas: Newton, Red River, Sabine, San Augustine (Upper West Gulf Coastal Plain)
  • Louisiana: Bienville, Bossier, Catahoula, De Soto, Evangeline, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Union, Vernon, Winn (Upper West Gulf Coastal Plain )
  • Oklahoma: Choctaw, Le Flore, McCurtain, Pushmataha (Upper West Gulf Coastal Plain and Ouachita Mountains of Interior Highlands )
  • Mississippi: Clay, Lee (Upper West Gulf Coastal Plain)
Cited from the CPC Plant Profile and NatureServe.

The extent of occurrence(EOO)is estimatedat882,010kmandthe area of occupancy(AOO)is estimatedat748km.

The species can be found up to 500 m altitude.

Sources: Atwood 1985, Chafin et al. 2007, Cribb 1997, Frosch and Cribb 2012, Kartesz 1994, Morse 1981.


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