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Photo of several decurrent false asters in bloom

Decurrent False Aster

Boltonia decurrens
A big river floodplain species, decurrent false aster has declined as wetlands have been drained and converted to agricultural crop production.

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Photo of several decurrent false asters in bloom

Decurrent False Aster

A big river floodplain species, decurrent false aster has declined as wetlands have been drained and converted to agricultural crop production. It is endangered and a Species of Conservation Concern in Missouri; nationwide, it is threatened.

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Endangered Species

More than 600 kinds of plants and 324 different animals in Missouri are of concern to conservationists because they are uncommon or because their numbers are low or declining. Learn about them here.

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Photo of a geocarpon plant showing stems and foliage

Geocarpon (Earth Fruit; Tiny Tim)

Geocarpon minimum
Geocarpon is a minute, inconspicuous plant found almost exclusively on sandstone glade outcrops. Extremely rare, it is a Species of Conservation Concern. It is related to carnations! Efforts are being made to keep this unique plant from disappearing from our state.

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Photo of a geocarpon plant showing stems and foliage

Geocarpon (Earth Fruit; Tiny Tim)

Geocarpon is a minute, inconspicuous plant found almost exclusively on sandstone glade outcrops. Extremely rare, it is a Species of Conservation Concern. It is related to carnations! Efforts are being made to keep this unique plant from disappearing from our state.

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Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field

Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf)

Canis lupus
The gray wolf originally ranged throughout Missouri, but with settlement the species was gradually exterminated. While there is no evidence of a breeding population in the state, wolves are listed as a protected species in Missouri, and they occasionally wander into Missouri from northern states.

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Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves

Mead’s Milkweed

Asclepias meadii
Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri.

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Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves

Mead’s Milkweed

Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri.

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Photo of Missouri bladderpod flowers

Missouri Bladderpod

Physaria filiformis (formerly Lesquerella filiformis)
Missouri bladderpod is a small, yellow-flowered member of the mustard family that is found only in southwest Missouri. It gets its name from the spherical fruits or “bladders” that contain seeds.

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Photo of a Missouri bladderpod

Missouri Bladderpod

Photo of a Missouri bladderpod.

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