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

September 7 (Saturday): Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival (Audubon Trails Nature Center), 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Paradoxa chapter will have a display and also offer wildflower walks. The festival will feature presentations on native plants for pollinators, invasive plants, and medicinal plants; as well as displays from a variety of organizations and activities including birding walks, hummingbird banding and a Missouri medicinal plants walk. Rain date is September 14. Details and schedule are at

September 18 (Wednesday): Walkabout at Audubon Trails Nature Center, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
We’ll meet at the Nature Center, located at 550 Meriweather Court, Rolla, and walk the half-mile Prairie Trail Loop to see what’s in bloom.

October 10-19 (Saturday): Seed Exchange/Show-Tell/Walkabout at Bray CA, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Bring seeds for sharing and/or your favorite books, tools, tips, and suggestions/requests for next year’s activities.

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