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
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Central Chapter meetings. Horticulture building, 400 North Portland Ave, OSU-OKC campus, room 196. Socializing at 6:30, talks start at 7.
-Oct 5. Ray Moranz, with the Xerxes society, will give a presentation at our on the use of native plants for establishment of butterfly and pollinator gardens.
-Nov 2. We'll then finish this three-part series in November with Mark Howrey (ODWC) giving a talk on useful native plants for attracting wildlife.
- Sept 23. ONPS will have an information booth at the annual Oklahoma Monarch Festival held at the OKC Zoo, this Saturday (Sept 23rd) from 9am till 2pm. Come by and see us!
- Sept 29th. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), working with Monarchwatch and ONPS has made available a site for a monarch waystation and pollinator garden. On Friday (probably early afternoon), September 29th, volunteers will meet and plug milkweed and other pollen and nectar source plants on a site about 8 miles north of Edmond. This will be an opportunity to spend some time with each other, meet Dr. Chip Taylor (founder of Monarchwatch) and do something significant for our organization. If you are available please contact Joe (email) or I (405) 831-1029.
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.