Oklahoma’s amazingly diverse flora has long been of interest to state residents. In 1987, individuals from throughout the state founded the Oklahoma Native Plant Society to encourage the study, protection, propagation, appreciation, and use of the state’s native plants. The society’s varied activities (field trips, lectures, workshops, displays, inventories, and roadside plantings) promote an awareness and understanding of some of the state’s most valued treasures.
Botanically, Oklahoma is a remarkable state! Located at the juncture of several physiographic provinces, it is indeed an ecological crossroad. Within its borders are found ~175 families, ~870 genera, and approximately 2,600 species of vascular plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, horsetails, and clubmosses. This flora is a complex assemblage of plants representative of different phytogeographic regions. Species characteristic of the eastern deciduous forest and central grasslands are the most common; however, species from the Rocky Mountains, the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, the Gulf Coastal Plain, and the Ozark Mountains also occur in the state. Fourteen different vegetation types are traditionally recognized. This tremendous diversity of plant species and communities reflects the considerable variation in the state’s climatic, physiographic, geological, and edaphic features. A plethora of different habitats for plants are present. More information about the flora of our great state can be found at the Flora of Oklahoma Project page.
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ONPS News & Events
JWonders of Wildflowers Weekend and Oklahoma Lichen Workshop info below!
Order your 2016 volume of the Oklahoma Native Plant Record. Click here for details.
May 21. Central Chapter social meeting
Prairie Wind Nursery (929 Goodman Lane, Norman, OK 73026) on Sunday, May 21st 4pm. We’ll have burgers, hot dogs and beverages. Last year’s event was well attended and fun for all. Bill Farris will give a presentation on propagation of native plants. Please mark your calendar, plan to join us, bring a friend and your favorite picnic dish.
Please RSVP (so we know how much food and beverage to have on hand) to:
or by mail:
P.O. Box 720421
Oklahoma City, OK 73172
May 20, 21. Tulsa Audubon Society's "Gardening For Wildlife" Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour and Plant Sale.
Garden Tour map and info: www.tulsaaudubon.org or call 918.521.8894.
May 27. NE Chapter field trip
NE Chapter of ONPS will have a field trip May 27th to the home of Rusty Grimpe. Meet at the Tulsa Garden Center to carpool at 8:30 a.m. Bring a sack lunch. Meet at Rusty's at 9:30 a.m. A spring fire on his acreage has reinvigorated the natives and there will be lots to see!
June 2-4. RESCHEDULED Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend
We are back ON! Same activities and schedule, starting Friday 2nd and ending Sunday 4th.
June 3. Oklahoma Lichen Workshop, Selman Living Lab. This workshop is designed to help you begin a lifetime journey of learning about lichens from any level of expertise. Participants will be the first to use the recently published, Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States, authored by our workshop leader, Dr. Sheila Strawn. Click here for more information about the workshop.
June 10. ONPS Executive Board meeting, Oklahoma City.
All are welcome to join. Details soon.
June 10. Invasive Plant Roundup
Wichita Mts. Wildlife Refuge.
8am to 12pm. Help restore native habitat on the refuge! To sign up: Contact Quinton_Smith@fws.gov or 580-429-2110
Fabulous Wildflower Fridays
Join the Northeast Chapter for Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, every third Friday of each month at 5:30pm at Panera Bread at 41st Street and Hudson Avenue. Contact Constance Murray for details.