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

Tuesday, June 22, 6:00 p.m.: We will meet at the restored prairie owned by John and Elaine Edgar. Their efforts were featured in the August 18, 2019 issue of the Phelps County Focus ( ) and they were the recipients of Missouri Prairie Foundation’s (MPF) Grow Native! Ambassador Award in 2019. They live south of Rolla on Hwy 63, near the Pilot Knob Church. If you would like to come, please contact us at for more specific directions.

Saturday, July 10, departing Rolla at 8:30 a.m.: Paradoxa Chapter will travel to Prairie Garden Trust near Fulton, about an hour and a half north of Rolla. If you’ve never been there, you’re in for a treat! I encourage you to check out their website: not only to look at the photos and read about the nature areas, but also to learn about the property’s history and mission. We’ll plan to carpool from Rolla and bring picnic lunches. Contact us to sign up for the carpool, or meet us there at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.: This month’s Paradoxa walkabout will meet at Audubon Trails Nature Center in Rolla.

Saturday, September 11: Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding and Pollinator Festival at Audubon Trails Nature Center, Rolla.

Saturday, October 23, 9:00 a.m.: Our annual seed swap, information sharing, and planning-for-next-season meeting will take place at Bray Conservation Area south of Rolla. The meeting will be followed by a plant walk, if the weather’s fine.

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