Content tagged with "threatened species"

Decurrent False Aster

Photo of several decurrent false asters in bloom
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. More

Decurrent False Aster

Photo of several decurrent false asters in bloom
Boltonia decurrens
A big river floodplain species, decurrent false aster has declined as wetlands have been drained and converted to agricultural crop production. More

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. More

Geocarpon (Earth Fruit; Tiny Tim)

Photo of a geocarpon plant showing stems and foliage
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. More

Geocarpon (Earth Fruit; Tiny Tim)

Photo of a geocarpon plant showing stems and foliage
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. More

Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf)

Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field
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. More

Mead’s Milkweed

Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves
Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri. More

Mead’s Milkweed

Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves
Asclepias meadii
Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri. More

Missouri Bladderpod

Photo of a Missouri bladderpod
Photo of a Missouri bladderpod. More

Missouri Bladderpod

Photo of Missouri bladderpod flowers
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. More