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 with the purpose 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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President: Patrick Bell
Vice President: Shalini Chitturi
Secretary: Debbie Drinko
Treasurer: Mary Korthase
Past-President: Bill Farris
Directors at Large: Kathy Doss, Joe Roberts, Jim Elder, 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. 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 through the Botanical Research Institute of Texas at shop.brit.org
The 2020 Volume of the Oklahoma Native Plant Record is now available. Order your 2020 volume TODAY. Click here for details.
ONPS News & Events
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Doug Tallamy: Nature's Best Hope - New 2022 Schedule
The Doug Tallamy events have now been set for August 19-21, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Norman.
For additional updates on the new scheduling of these events please see the Events tab on the Oklahoma Native Plant Society website, and watch The Tulsa Audubon Society, WildCare Oklahoma, Pioneer Library System, and University of Central Oklahoma websites and Facebook pages.
Upcoming Events and Activities
Field Trips are over for the Summer. Watch for the Fall activities
June 17 - Fabulous Wildflower Fridays at Panera Bread, 41st Street, Tulsa, 5:30 pm.
July 15 - Fabulous Wildflower Fridays at Panera Bread, 41st Street, Tulsa, 5:30 pm.
August 12 - Fabulous Wildflower Fridays at Panera Bread, 41st Street, Tulsa, 5:30 pm. due to Tallamy on our regular Friday
August 19 - Doug Tallamy at Jenks High School, 6:00 pm for details go to tulsaaudubon.org
August 20 - Doug Tallamy at UCO, Edmond, 2:00 pm, for details see our Tallamy Event page.
August 21 - Doug Tallamy in Norman at The Well, 2:00 pm, for details go to Events calendar at
SAVE THE DATE: ONPS 2022 Annual Meeting, September 23-24 at Lake Murray State Park. Early room reservations are encouraged!!!! See the flyer in the Summer Gaillardia, soon to be in your mailbox for more information.