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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ONPS News & Events
The 2019 Volume of the Oklahoma Native Plant Record is here.
Order your 2019 volume TODAY. Click here for details.
2020 Fall Bio-Blitz has gone Virtual.
See their web page at: https://biosurvey.ou.edu/5097-2/
Central Chapter - Virtual Fall
Central Chapter meetings are virtual for the time being. The virtual presentations will be offered to all members, via our website and will be archived for later viewing. Watch your email, Facebook or this web site for information on how to access these virtual presentations.
October 1: Dr. Rahmona Thompson, East Central University Professor (retired), will give a virtual presentation titled "Sex in the Flower Bed".
November 5: Dr. Rick Lupia, Associate Curator (Paleobotany) at Sam Noble Museum, will give fascinating overview of the evolution of plants in Oklahoma.
NE Chapter - This Fall
September 14th and December 7th meetings have been cancelled. The Fabulous Wildflower Friday also cancelled until further notice. The next scheduled NE Chapter meeting is Monday March 1, 2021.
2021 Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend
Watch for 2021 plans.
Good news Dr. Caddell has graciously extended an invitation to ONPS to reschedule next year's WOW here.
WOW! the 2021 Wonders of Wildflowers will take place at the Selman Living Lab. Watch for rescheduled information.
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."