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
Paradoxa and MONPS events are free and you don’t need to be a member to attend!

Saturday, September 11: Native Plant Sale at Audubon Trails Nature Center. Vendors will be Prairie Hill Farm, Doolittle Garden, and Ned’s Nesting Boxes.

Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 p.m.: Meet at the glade in St. James Park. We can’t let the season go by without taking a closer look at the asters and goldenrods. And the glade is home to at least 6 species of aster, 4 goldenrods, and much, much more. Please contact if you need directions.

Saturday, October 23, 10:00a.m.: Paradoxa’s Annual Seed, Plant & Idea Exchange at Bray Conservation Area, Rolla. If you have seeds or plants to share, please bring them. Help us plan for 2022 activities! Walk-about will follow if the weather permits.

Work on the Bray CA Botanical Collection and Herbarium Project is continuous, with workdays on the first and third Thursdays of the month. For more information about the project, or to be added to our email notification list, please contact Pam at the address below

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