|Gentiana saponaria flowers
Family: Gentian Family (Gentianaceae)
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The leaves are too bitter for most herbivores to eat but that doesn't keep deer from biting off the flowers (Hilty, John 2009).
|State Ranking Justification||
There are two existing populations on Staten Island, both with under 100 plants each. Most of the 37 historical sites have been developed.
There have not been enough recent surveys to determine the short-term trend.
There has been a sever decline of populations over the last 100 years as the western end of Long Island and New York City has been developed and wetlands have been lost.