Regularity: Regularly occurring
Global Range: Is largely restricted to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, although known from a few localities in Georgia and South Carolina (Barker and Cheek 1994).
Comments: Found in seepage areas of granite outcrops (Barker and Cheek 1994).
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N3 - Vulnerable
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
Reasons: Hypericum buckleii is an attractive alpine or rock plant that is endemic to the high peaks of the southern Appalachians. The plant is widely cultivated but rare as a naturally occurring species. Although known from less than five localities in Georgia and one in South Carolina, the St. John's wort is largely restricted to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Some populations are impacted by hickers on trails.
Comments: In Georgia, the populations are not under immediate threat, except along recreational trails, such as the Appalachian Trail over Blood Mountain where pedestrian impacts limit its spread (Patrick, 1999). Hypericum buckleii is a narrow endemic, putting it at risk to catastrophic disturbance, such as may occur through trampling, rock slides, or natural exfoliation (Southern Appalachian Species Viability Project 2002).
Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Spelling of epithet revised from the widely used 'buckleyi' to 'buckleii' (as used by Kartesz, 1/98 review draft dataset) to conform to author's original latinization of 'Buckley' (see discussion by R.L. Wilbur, Castanea 60: 166-167, 1995).
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