New York Natural Heritage Program
Lesser Fringed Gentian
Gentianopsis virgata (Raf.) Holub
Dicots
Gentianopsis virgata flower Stephen M. Young
Family: Gentian Family (Gentianaceae)

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?
This beautiful gentian was first discovered in New York in 1833 in the Niagara Falls area and is still only known from there and a second location along the St. Lawrence River.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are seven existing populations in two areas of the state. Only two populations have more than 100 plants and two are very small with fewer than ten plants. Threre are three other historical occurrences that are considered extirpated by development.

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