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Downy Skullcap

Photo of downy skullcap flower clusters
Scutellaria incana
Showy clusters of blue-violet, two-lipped flowers adorn downy skullcap. This native mint is found mostly in the southern half of the state. More

Dried Mushrooms

This photo shows several jars containing different types of dried mushrooms.
This photo shows several jars containing different types of dried mushrooms. More

Dwarf Spiderwort (Wild Crocus)

Photo of dwarf spiderwort flower clusters
Tradescantia longipes
Dwarf spiderwort is a low-growing perennial with bright magenta, purple, or purplish-blue flowers with three petals arranged in a triangular pattern. It blooms in Ozark woodlands in April and May. More

Early Saxifrage (Virginia Saxifrage)

Photo of early saxifrage plant with flower
Micranthes virginiensis (also called Saxifraga virginiensis)
The name "saxifrage" means "rock-breaker." The meaning of the name helps you remember the habitat of early saxifrage—rock outcroppings, ledges, glades, and bluffs. In Missouri, it blooms February through June. More

Eastern Coachwhip

eastern coachwhip
Coluber flagellum flagellum
This large, slender, nonvenomous snake usually escapes in an explosive burst of speed. It is fast-moving and thrashes when captured, which led to the stubborn myth that this snake can whip a person to death. More

Eastern Collared Lizard

Image of an eastern collared lizard
Crotaphytus collaris
If surprised in an open area with no rock crevices nearby to dart into, this colorful, long-tailed lizard often runs on its hind limbs with the forward part of the body held upright. More

Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot; Common Musk Turtle)

Eastern musk turtle (stinkpot)
Sternotherus odoratus
This is Missouri’s smallest species and one of the world’s smallest turtles. More

Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toad

Image of an eastern narrow-mouthed toad
Gastrophryne carolinensis
The eastern narrow-mouthed toad is an unusual, plump little amphibian that is seldom seen. There is a fold of skin behind its narrow, pointed head. It occurs in the southern half of the state. More