The purpose of the Missouri Native Plant Society is to promote the enjoyment, preservation, conservation, restoration, and study of the flora native to Missouri; to educate the public about the values of the beauty, diversity, and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation; and to publish related information.
MONPS members find over 70 Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchids and a Wood Lily on a prairie in northern Missouri on a weekend when flooding made navigation tricky.
A new chapter is in the formation stage meeting at the Springfield Nature Center at 6 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. The group has a database of 63 interested individuals. 33 were in attendance at the first meeting. At the second meeting, we had 21 attending. The group had our first field trip to Rocky Barrens in Green County on April 18th.
We have a field trip planned for May 23rd to Lead Mines CA adjacent to the Niangua River. It has been reported that four different species of Lady Slipper Orchids have been found in this 10,000 acre area. The leader of this trip will be Mike Skinner. If you are interested, contact Larry Wegmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
I know you just can't wait until spring, when you can get out and find new plants! Aaron Floden has described a new SHRUB species for Missouri. It is a type of leatherwood, Dirca decipiens, and is very similar to the ordinary leatherwood (Dirca palustris), but is typically found in more upland habitat (dolomite bluffs above rivers). We need the flowers to be sure, so be on the look-out for it next spring!
See the attached PDF to learn more about it.
Plant Community Ecologist
Missouri Department of Conservation
Editor's note: Be sure to view the attached PDF for details on this new species of leatherwood.
The Missouri Native Plant Society’s Badge of Achievement
The MONPS Badge of Achievement shows the pale purple and yellow cone–flowers on a blue background trimmed with green and yellow. These bright, showy wildflowers are representative of the wide variety of plants native to the state. The badge is embroidered on sturdy material that may be sewn onto a pack, hat or other item. Actual size, 31/2 inches.
- It’s fun
- You'll learn about our native wildflowers and other plants
- It will look good on your hat, pack or jacket
- It marks you as an achiever with special knowledge of native plants & their habitat,because THIS BADGE MUST BE EARNED.
Not a member of the Missouri Native Plant Society, yet? You're invited to join us.
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