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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August 4 - Central Chapter Meeting
August 4th, 7pm at OSU-OKC Horticulture Building, room ARC 224. The meeting will feature Adam Sarmiento discussing native plant seed collection. Adam, also an ONPS member, owns and manages Eco Landscaping, which features the use of natives in the landscape. As you know, many Oklahoma natives have gone or are in the process of going to seed in August; Adam’s talk should be quite timely.
August 27 - SW Chapter joint meeting with OK Archeological Society
Bob Blasing will give a talk. The tentative title is: Native Plant Usage by Indigenous Peoples of southwestern Oklahoma. The meeting is booked at the Museum of the Great Plains for Saturday August 27th, at 2:00 P.M. Refreshments will be provided.
September 25 - Butterfly Garden Tour
Take a tour of some notable native plant/butterfly gardens in OKC. Details to come, but save the date! Sunday September 25th, from 10 am to 3 pm, with Sunday October 2nd, same time, as the rain date. We selected this date to avoid the Zoo butterfly festival which is on the preceding day. Although the date is a Sunday, the tour is spread over a 5-hour period which will allow everyone to attend regardless of their Sunday schedule.
October 7 - 9. ONPS Annual Meeting
The 2016 Annual meeting is hosted this year by the SW Chapter, and will be held at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, OK. Registration forms will be mailed out to all members.
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.