Due to the Covid-19 restrictions that are slowly being lifted we are now in the process of rescheduling our events. Watch your email, Facebook or this web site for updates
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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2021 Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend
Good news ONPS has rescheduled the 2021 WOW for May 14-16.
Information is available in the Spring Gaillardia.
WOW! the 2021 Wonders of Wildflowers weekend will take place at the Selman Living Lab. A schedule of activities and registration information is included in the Spring Gaillardia, mailed at the end of February.
Upcoming Events and Activities
April 1 , 7pm - Central Chapter Virtual program, Native Plant Responses to Global and Climatic Changes. Click here to access presentation.
April 3, 10am - Field Trip to Lucky Springs
April 10, 10am - Field Trip to Osage Hills State Park
April 17, 10am - Field Trip to Ken Laubenstein's home south of Muskogee
April 24, 10am - Field Trip to J.T.Nickel, Nature Conservancy Preserve
May 14-16, 2021 - Wonders of Wildflowers at Selman Living Lab near Alva, Oklahoma
May 15-16, 2021 - Audubon Backyard Habitat Tour in the Tulsa area
See the Spring Gaillardia for additional details for these field trips.
NEW Resource Coming
"Lichen Field Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States is in press. Expected release is May 2021, just in time for the 2021 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 will sell for $30. Both guides can be purchased at shop.brit.org"
The 2019 Volume of the Oklahoma Native Plant Record is here.
Order your 2019 volume TODAY. Click here for details.
Rescheduling Doug Tallamy for a date in 2021 is in the works.
ONPS is still planning on co-sponsoring the native gardening author Doug Tallamy in 2021 with two presentations in OK! Until then check out the video of him speaking about this new book "Nature's Best Hope."