Locally Rare Native Plant

Fringed gentian is a locally rare plant species in Tompkins County and is scarce in New York State. Fringed gentians thrive in open meadows where competition from other meadow species is limited, in seasonally flooded or fairly sterile soils, and sometimes in areas where the topsoil has been scraped away.

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Rare Plant Conservation

The land here is managed primarily for research purposes by Cornell Botanic Gardens and Cornell's departments in ecology and systematics, natural resources, and entomology for the conservation of fringed gentian populations.

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Natural Heritage of Etna Fringed Gentian Area

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