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
by James Faupel, Project Creator and Admin Restoration Ecologist, Missouri Botanical Garden
We are incredibly excited to announce the first annual Missouri Botanists’ Big 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 states’ data. 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 year’s competition. Which botanist will claim this year’s 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.
- Observation must be a plant observed in Missouri in 2021.
- 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.)
- You must be a member of the project – join at the link shown in the paragraph above.
- Observation must be research grade, so submit many descriptive photos.
- 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!
• 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 year’s project to have your observations be included in each year’s event. Joining the umbrella project doesn’t 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/
ADDITIONAL HELPFUL LINKS FOR MISSOURI PLANT IDENTIFICATION:
Thanks for joining the project and good luck!
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!
Volume 36 (2021) Number 4 of the The Petal Pusher is now online
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.
If you’re a past member but you haven’t renewed your dues, do so as soon as you can. We’re about to purge the membership roster. You don’t want to miss out on anything! We appreciate your continued support.
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.
Osage Plains Chapter
The Missouri Native Plant Society is a proud member of the Grow Native! program! This program is operated by the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization and provides resources to help gardeners, farm owners, land care professionals, and planners use native plants in the built environment and altered landscapes in the lower Midwest for multiple benefits. Grow Native! also administers the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), a multi-organizational and multi-agency group with the goal of bringing greater statewide attention on early detection and control of invasive plants.