Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Ronald L. Jones
Charles L. Elliott
Brad R. Ruhfel
The vascular flora of Boyle County, Kentucky, was conducted from March 2013 to March 2015. Boyle County is located in central Kentucky and is part of the Bluegrass Physiographic Section. A total of 127 families, 392 genera, and 722 species, varieties, and subspecies were documented from Boyle County. Twelve plant communities were described: acidic mesophytic forest, acidic sub-xeric forest, acidic xeric forest, Bluegrass woodland, bottomland ridge/terrace forest, calcareous mesophytic forest, calcareous sub-xeric forest, depression pond/mudflat, dry limestone cliff/outcrops, riparian forest, wet prairie/meadow, and one rare state-listed plant community, the shale/siltstone glade. Five rare species with state rankings were discussed: American chestnut (Castanea dentata), eastern eulophus (Perideridia americana), grass pink (Calopogon tuberosus), softleaf arrowwood (Viburnum molle), and yellow lady-slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum). Seventeen other species that are rare, infrequent, or of special interest are also discussed. There were 156 non-native species (22% of the flora), and 80 of these species are considered invasive in Kentucky.
Copyright 2015 Heidi M. Braunreiter
Braunreiter, Heidi M., "The Vascular Flora of Boyle County, KY" (2015). Online Theses and Dissertations. 242.