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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Doug Tallamy, native gardening author is now scheduled for presentations in Tulsa, Feb. 4, 2022, in the evening, and Oklahoma City Feb. 5, 2022, in the afternoon.
Look for additional information in the Winter Gaillardia newsletter coming your way next week (12/6/2021).
Check out the video of him speaking about his new book "Nature's Best Hope."
Upcoming Events and Activities
Dec 6 - Northeast Chapter will be back meeting in person at the Tulsa Garden Center in the Ballroom (downstairs). Join us for fellowship at 6:30, and a program at 7:00. We will have Gabriael Parker, District Secretary of Tulsa County Conservation District speak about their Yard by Yard program which highlights community members who implement practices that promote water, land, and ecology resiliency, and positively impact their communities, on yard at a time. Kathy Doss, Chapter Chair
Central Chapter does not meet during December and January. The February meeting will be part of the Doug Tallamy event. See you there.
2021 ONPS Annual Meeting
The 2021 ONPS Annual Meeting and field trip in Pawnee were big successes. During our Zoom Annual Meeting we elected Officers and Directors.
Please welcome the new Officers:
President: Patrick Bell
Vice President: Shalini Chitturi
Secretary: Debbie Drinko
Treasurer: Mary Korthase
Director-at Large: Constance Murray, Dennis Martin, and Ric Brown
NEW Resource Is Here!!
"Lichen Field Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States" is available now. Released in June 2021, just in time for the field season. This is a companion book to "Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States". You can contact Sheila Strawn at firstname.lastname@example.org for lichen workshops, presentations, or field trips. Sheila is the author. Sarah Hearn is the illustrator. It sells for $30. Both guides can be purchased at (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) shop.brit.org
The 2020 Volume of the Oklahoma Native Plant Record is now available. Order your 2020 volume TODAY. Click here for details.