Introduction: Plants at Risk in Saskatchewan

The flora of Saskatchewan consists of over 1,450 native or naturalized vascular plant species occurring in eleven ecoregions. Unfortunately, because of several factors including habitat loss, climate change, some biological factors of the plants, and limited population numbers, approximately 400 of those species are ranked as vulnerable, threatened, endangered, or even extirpated from Saskatchewan.

The goal of the Virtual Gallery of Species at Risk in Saskatchewan is to provide quality information on all 418 provincially endangered, threatened, or vulnerable plants, which—along with the other vascular plants in Saskatchewan—contribute to the biodiversity and natural heritage of this province. The gallery provides information on the characteristics, habitat, and rarity status of each species, in an attempt to raise awareness and promote community involvement in their conservation. In addition, we provide information on how to distinguish the rare plants from other, closely related species.

If you happen to come across one of the plants you see in the virtual gallery, please leave it in its natural environment and report the occurrence to the W. P. Fraser Herbarium (SASK Herbarium)

If you have questions about these or other plant species in Saskatchewan, or about searching the rare plant database, contact the Herbarium at the address below.

The SASK Herbarium (W. P. Fraser Herbarium)
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A8 Canada
(306) 966-4968