Paradoxa Chapter is based in Rolla. Our name refers to Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower), the only member of the “purple coneflower” genus with yellow ray flowers, endemic to the Ozarks. Our goals are to improve our skill in identifying plants, from seedling through fruiting stages, as well as learning their habitats; to become more familiar with scientific names and botanical terminology; and to promote conservation of native plants. Our members vary in their levels of expertise, but all share a desire to learn. Currently, we schedule four botany walk-abouts during the year, with additional field trips, workshops, and programs as determined by the interests of our members. Our current chapter project is establishing an herbarium at Marguerite Bray Conservation Area.

Upcoming Events

We’ll meet at Bray Conservation Area, 3 miles south of Rolla on Bridge School Road, for hands-on “Winter Tree ID 101” led by MDC Forester Mike Fleischhauer.

CANCELLED :: 04-18 (Saturday): Walkabout at Indian Trail Conservation Area. We’ll spend two to three hours looking at spring glade wildflowers. Please RSVP ( ) if you plan to come. Indian Trail is about a one-hour drive southeast of Rolla. Those who wish to carpool should meet at the Rolla Kroger parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

Work on the Bray CA Botanical Collection and Herbarium Project is continuous, with workdays on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

Contact Us

Pam Barnabee

Favorite Places

Audubon Trails Nature Center
Bohigian Conservation Area (Mill Creek)
Kaintuck Hollow Trail
Lane Spring Recreation Area
Maramec Spring Park
Marguerite Bray Conservation Area
St. James Park Glade (Plant List)
Spring Creek Gap Conservation Area