Where is Plymouth Rose-gentian (Sabatia kennedyana)
located in the wild?
Sabatia kennedyana is a specialized inhabitant of coastal plain pond shores along the east coast of North America. It is known from """"sandy, peaty soils and cobble beaches of streams and lakes"""" in the Tusket Valley of Nova Scotia, where there are at least 8 populations (Newell 1999, COSEWIC 2001). Periodic water level fluctuations tend to exclude competitively superior shrubs and other plants (Keddy 1985, Keddy et al. 1994). Ice scour and wave action also help to prevent the establishment of more invasive plant species (COSEWIC 2001). Absent from the coasts of Maine, New Brunswick, and New Hampshire, the species next appears in southeastern Massachusetts, where it attains the highest population densities in its range along sandy to peaty shores of freshwater ponds on the coastal plain (U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2001, MANHESP 1985). There, it occurs with other restricted members of the coastal plain plant guild, including: Eleocharis melanocarpa, Drosera filiformis, Fuirea pumila, Gratiola aurea, and Coreopsis rosea. The species occurs in similar habitats in Rhode Island (Enser 1999). The species next occurs disjunctly in Virginia and the Carolinas along river and pondshores with variable water levels. It is regarded as an obligate wetland species (USDA 2001).
Sabatia kennedyana exhibits a patchy distribution, occurring only in Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It is reportedly historic in Connecticut (
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Plymouth Rose-gentian can be found in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia