New York Natural Heritage Program
Roseroot
Rhodiola rosea L.
Dicots
Rhodiola rosea Stephen M. Young
Family: Stonecrop Family (Crassulaceae)

State Protection: Endangered
listed species are those with: 1) 5 or fewer extant sites, or 2) fewer than 1,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to fewer than 4 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) species listed as endangered by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: This plant is endangered/critically imperiled in New York because of extreme rarity (typically 5 or fewer populations or very few remaining individuals) or is extremely vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Roseroot has been used as a medicinal plant for improving physical and mental performance. In Siberia it has been used to help resist the effects of extreme cold. It is now being used to treat cases of mild or moderate depression (Rhodiola rosea in Wikipedia, web site accessed 21 November 2007). When it is dried the root has a strong smell of roses (Rhodiola rosea in Plants for a Future, web site accessed 21 November 2007).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are four existing populations that are isolated and under little threat. There are no additional historical records. More populations could be discovered in the Catskill Mountains as additional remote ravines are explored.

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