Missouri Native Plant Society Annual Awards

Award nominations due May 15th

The MONPS Awards Committee seeks nominations of people who have supported the preservation of Missouri’s flora. MONPS offers five awards:

  • Erna Eisendrath Memorial Education Award, recognizing individuals who, through teaching, writing, or other activity have conveyed to others a significant appreciation and knowledge of Missouri’s native flora.
  • Arthur Christ Research Award, recognizing an individual’s significant contribution in furthering the knowledge of Missouri flora.
  • Plant Stewardship Award, recognizing an individual or organization for the preservation of important elements of Missouri’s flora through purchase, registry, and/or management practice.
  • The John E. Wylie Award, recognizing individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Society.
  • Plant Conservation Award, recognizing an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to the conservation or preservation of native plants or plant communities in Missouri. This award differs from the Plant Stewardship Award in that it is not tied to direct acquisition or management of tracts of land, but instead may recognize various types of outstanding achievements or efforts, such as conservation planning, advocacy, or new ways of looking at old problems.
  • Julian A. Steyermark Award, the Society’s highest award, given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to any and all aspects of Missouri botany.

The deadline for nominations is May 15th. Nominations should contain the full name of the nominee and the name of the person making the nomination, and they should set forth the contributions of the individual or organization that merits recognition. Award recipients need not be members of MONPS.

Please submit nominations to Awards Committee Chairwoman, Malissa Briggler.

Malissa Briggler
State Botanist
Missouri Dept of Conservation
2901 W. Truman Blvd
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-522-4115 ext. 3200

MONPS is Now Taking Applications for the 2022 Stan Hudson Research Grant
(Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2022)

The Missouri Native Plant Society announces the availability of funding for research projects conducted by college or university students under the supervision of a faculty member. This award honors the late

H. Stanton Hudson (1921–2002), a longtime member of the Missouri Native Plant Society whose passion for the flora of Missouri and its conservation inspired his friends and family to create a small grants program in his memory.

To qualify for the Stan Hudson Research Grant, research must involve Missouri native plants in some way, but may have as its primary focus any pertinent subject-area in plant biology, including conservation, ecology, physiology, systematics and evolution, etc. The grant may be used for any non-salary expenses relating to the proposed research, including travel, equipment, and supplies. For 2022, we anticipate awarding two grants in the amount of $1,000 each. At the conclusion of the project, grant recipients will be expected to prepare research results for publication in a scientific journal, and present their research at the MO Botanical Symposium during the year following the award.

Proposals should not exceed 5 single-spaced typed pages and should include:

  1. Description of the project;
  2. How the project relates to native Missouri plants;
  3. Estimated completion date;
  4. Overall budget for the research;
  5. How an award from the Stan Hudson Research Fund would be used;
  6. A list of other funding received or applied for toward the project.

Applicants should also include a current curriculum vitae. In addition, two letters of reference must be included, one of these being from the student’s faculty advisor. Materials should be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. Letters from the applicant’s references should also be be submitted as e-mail messages. Proposals will be reviewed by the MONPS grants committee. Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2022, and announcement of winners will be made by 1 March 2022, with funds to be awarded by 1 June 2022.

Application materials should be emailed to:
Justin Thomas

Nativar Position Statememt

The Missouri Native Plant Society was founded to promote the enjoyment, preservation, conservation, restoration, and study of the flora native to Missouri.

To uphold these values, we oppose the use of cultivars derived from native species, called “Nativars”. These horticultural derivatives are genetically detrimental to truly wild species because through cross pollination, subsequent generations may have incorrect bloom color, bloom time, and nutritional requirements for insects, birds, and mammals who rely on them to flourish.

Please obtain your native plants from growers that produce plants responsibly from local seed sources to avoid ecological decline.

Missouri Botanists Big Year Competition


Missouri BotanistsBig Year Competition

by James Faupel, Project Creator and Admin Restoration Ecologist, Missouri Botanical Garden 


We are incredibly excited to announce the first annual Missouri BotanistsBig Year Competition! This competition is being held on the online citizen science tool and website, iNaturalist. Currently our members have not been very actively involved on this platform, while many of our neighboring state plant societies have been very active in improving their statesdata. Our observations will help researchers track and better understand the flora of Missouri and how it changes over time, from native plants to exotic invasives. The data provided by our members will be publicly available, to help improve science communication. We also hope to present iNaturalist training opportunities in the near future to help new users get acquainted with using the website and phone app. We will continue to host these Big Years and then will be able to compare data from each years competition. Which botanist will claim this years biggest bragging rights by the end of the year?!


Thank you to our neighboring states, Illinois and Kentucky, for inspiring the creation of the Missouri Botanists Big Year. But let’s make this a friendly competition and show our neighbors what kind of flora we’re made of!


Create an account and join the project here to participate in the competition: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/missouri-botanists-big-year-2021 The rules and prizes listed below also appear on the iNaturalist project page.


Project rules:

  1. Observation must be a plant observed in Missouri in 2021.
  2. Observation must be a wild plant, whether native or non-native. (Plants physically/purposefully planted in a human maintained garden/landscape will not be entered into this project and should be marked as captive/cultivated in your observation.)
  1. You must be a member of the project – join at the link shown in the paragraph above.
  2. Observation must be research grade, so submit many descriptive photos.
  3. To be entered to win the Grand Prize, you must be a member of the Missouri Native Plant Society join here: https://monativeplants.org/membership/  


Grand Prize will be awarded for most species observed in 2021: Winner will receive a prize worthy of a field botanist, including a hand lens and field plant press, with the possibility of even more!

Prize for most species observed by a non-member – A free one year membership to the Missouri Native Plant Society!


 Honorary Titles that will be announced! Receive these bragging rights worth holding over the heads of your fellow Missouri botanists.

Most observations! Most identifications! Most Poaceae species! Most Carex species! Most Bryophyte species! Most Fern species! Most species of DYCs! Most favorited observation!


Additional Information

    If you are an expert in the field of botany in Missouri, please help us vet and identify the observations made. There are not nearly enough professionals helping identify the flora of Missouri on iNaturalist. Log onto iNaturalist and help here https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?verifiable=true&page=1&spam=false&place_id=any&user_id=&project_id=missouri-botanists-big-year-2021

    Please mark the geoprivacy of any state-listed rare or endangered species as obscured.(If you do not, we will notify you.) Our partners at the Missouri Department of Conservation will greatly appreciate your assistance in helping protect our plants of conservation concern! See the list here – https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/2021_SOCC.pdf

    This is a collection project for only the year 2021, within the umbrella project Missouri Botanists Big Year,that will collect the data of every year of the event going forward. You must join each years project to have your observations be included in each years event. Joining the umbrella project doesnt make your observations available to the 2021 project.

    To see all the vascular plants observed on iNat within the state of Missouri, visit our project the Flora of Missouri – https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flora-of-missouri

    To see all the non-vascular plants (also known as bryophytes) observed within the state of Missouri on iNat, visit our project MOSSouri – https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mossouri

    Need help identifying a plant? Check out the Missouri Plants website for detailed information on our flora – http://www.missouriplants.com/












Thanks for joining the project and good luck!


MONPS Awards

1) Plant Stewardship: Jeff Cantrell

Jeff has been an advisor for the Missouri Master Naturalist (MMN) Chert Glades chapter since helping establish the group in 2005 and also assists with the Lake of the Ozarks chapter. He donates the majority of the MMN advisor workload as a volunteer, allowing him to devote his full work schedule to his conservation educator job. Advising these and other public groups, he directs several stewardship projects each year for Missouri State Parks, Corps of Engineer, and Mark Twain Forest public lands near Cassville and Shell Knob. Of particular significance is his work at Chute Ridge near Roaring River Conservation Area and Big Sugar Creek State Park.

Beyond those special projects, Jeff conducts garlic mustard pulls in Barry County and highlights star of Bethlehem as a problem exotic species at special event share tables at George Washington Carver National Monument and at the annual Dogwood Festival in Neosho, Missouri. For Naturescaping classes (pre-pandemic with live audiences), Jeff made freshly-cut displays of invasive burning bush, privet, bush honeysuckle, and other exotics local to the site where the classes were taught and offered native planting solutions to fit that landscaping niche. These are just a few of the examples of what Jeff tackles as a volunteer and the teamwork he puts together for our public contact areas and regional natural communities. He is a longstanding member of Arkansas and Missouri Native Plant Societies, the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and other nature place-based non-profit organizations. Our native plants and world benefit from his stewardship efforts.

2) Top Facebook Administrator Recognition

Awarded to seven individuals for their exceptional efforts in managing the MONPS Facebook page: Michelle Bowe, Andrew Braun, Brian Edmond, Susan Farrington, Jeff Nelson, John Oliver, and Deb Tyler. Thank you for your diligence!

2021 Stan Hudson Research Grant Awardees

The Stan Hudson Research Grant Committee is excited to announce two 2021 awardees. The grant honors the late H. Stanton Hudson (1921–2002), a long-time member of the Missouri Native Plant Society whose passion for the flora of Missouri and its conservation inspired his friends and family to create a grant program in his memory.

Abigail Giering, an undergraduate at Missouri State University, received a $500 grant to study competition effects of an exotic duckweed (Landoltia punctata) on native duckweeds (Lemna minor and Spirodela polyrhiza)
Esther Par, an undergraduate student at Missouri Western State University, will use her $1500 grant to help fund a study of relationships in False Foxgloves (Agalinis spp.)

Rabbit Tobacco

My neighbor’s husband has covid and was weathering it out at home but very very sick. One day she asked me if she could borrow some of my rabbit tobacco to make a tea for her hubby. I gladly gave her a bundle. A week later she told me the tea had really helped him.
Yesterday when I was driving back from a family thing in IA my throat was burning and I was sure i was going to need antibiotics. But I made a tea out of the leaves and flowers and also burned a batch and inhaled the smoke. Today I am so much better I cant hardly believe it!

I am so thankful I learned how to find and identify Rabbit Tobacco on my MONPS field trips.

Casey Burks

Osage Plains Chapter