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Oklahoma Native Plant Society Newsletter - Summer 2012


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  1. 1. Gaillardia The Oklahoma Native Plant Society Newsletter CALENDAR Note: the events dated below are followed by either a page number for further descriptions or the contact person. June 2: ONPS Board Meeting at Tulsa Garden Center. Contact Adam Ryburn. June 16: Cross-Timbers Chapter Field trip to Oklahoma Botanic Garden and Cow Creek Restoration Project. Page 5 Sept 14-16: Annual Meeting at UCO’s Selman Living Lab near Freedom, OK Contact Adam Ryburn The purpose of the Oklahoma Native Plant Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, the 3rd Friday of each Society is to encourage the study, protection, month, Page 6propagation, appreciation and use of Oklahoma’s native plants. Note: all members are invited to all meetings, including board meetings, and are encouraged to bring guests. Volume 27, Number2 Summer 2012 ONPS THANKS THESE DONORSLOOK INSIDE FOR General FundIMPORTANT NOTICES ……………….2 Paul E. and Alice R. RichardsonBOTANIST’S CORNER ................….…...2 In Memory of Bonnie WinchesterCONSERVATION CORNER …………..3COLOR OKLAHOMA …………………4 Color OklahomaCHAPTER ACTIVITIES .........…...….....4 Barry L. RedlingerWELCOME NEW MEMBERS ……........6 Patricia L. StamperMEMBERSHIP FORM................................7 ONPS website Email: Printed on recycled paper COPY AND ART DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE IS 15 August 2012
  2. 2. Page 2 to support the nominees qualifications for IMPORTANT GENERAL NOTICES receiving the Service Award. JOIN LISTSERV, BEST WAY TO KEEP Nominations should be sent to Sue Amstutz, INFORMED Chairman, ONPS Service Award Committee, atTo subscribe to the list, send the command in the 4190 E. 46th Place, Tulsa OK 74135, or by emailbody of the message SUBSCRIBE OKPLANTS-L to The 2011 Service Awardyour first name last name to will be presented during the Annual Meeting ofYou do not need a subject for this email. ONPS this fall.If I was joining, I would do this by sending my email to with the followingtext: SUBSCRIBE OKPLANTS-L Chadwick CoxNote there is no punctuation, just single spaces BOTANIST’S CORNERPriscilla Crawford who has provided us with this Fathers of Botanyservice will OK your subscription so there may be Adam Ryburnsome time before you can use the service. Onceyou are notified, you can send an email to For those that aren’t familiar with myeveryone on the listserv by merely sending the background, I am a native of Anadarko and amessage to product of this state’s fine public higher education system. After receiving my Bachelor of 2012 ANNE LONG AWARD Science degree in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford underPlease consider nominating an individual or the direction of Bill Seibert, I began my graduategroup for the 2012 Anne Long Award. The Award work in plant taxonomy under the direction ofis given at the Societys annual meeting in warm Ron Tyrl at Oklahoma State University. Asideremembrance and honor of one of the ONPS from my parents and my wife and kids, I canfounders, and an early State leader in wildflower think of no other individuals who have had aprotection. The Award recognizes individuals or greater impact on me both personally andgroups who have made outstanding contributions professionally. These two botanists have had ato the stated purpose of ONPS. The first recipient significant influence on my life and set me on thewas the Ninnekah High School Science Club and career path I explore today as a professor ofthe most recent Pearl Garrison. Nominations are biology at Oklahoma City University.being accepted for the 2012 Award from nowuntil August 31. Include the complete names and Bill Seibert was a professor of biology ataddresses of both the individual(s) making the Southwestern Oklahoma State University for overnomination and the nominee(s); a contact person 40 years. Bill has taken students on class andif the nominee is an organization; and supportive extracurricular field trips to explore the naturalmaterial for evaluation by the Awards history of places throughout the United States andCommittee. Mexico. In retirement he still takes opportunities to share these experiences with students. As anSend nominations directly to the Chair: undergraduate student, I was fortunate to go onGloria Caddell some of these trips and these unique experiencesDepartment of Biology shaped how I introduce my own students toUniversity of Central Oklahoma nature. Several of my students have neverEdmond, OK 73034 experience nature aside from a city park, and fewer have ever been camping. While I write this article I am on a two week field trip with twelve SERVICE AWARD of my students and several have never beenThere is still time to submit a nomination for the camping. We are exploring the natural history of2012 ONPS Service Award. Deadline for receipt the “wild” west; namely New Mexico, Arizona,of entries is August 31, 2012. The nomination Utah, and Colorado. I am doing my best tomust include in writing sufficient documentation
  3. 3. Page 3impart the same appreciation and knowledge for calleryana, callery (Bradford) pear andnature that Bill Seibert instilled in me. Saccharum ravennae, ravenna grass. The reasons are listed in the previous issue. The following isFor anyone who knows Ron Tyrl, and I’m sure some interesting findings about P. calleryana.most reading this do, he is an excellent and Most of the infestations here in America are theextremely dedicated educator. Now in only my result of the reversion of the hybrid version of theninth year of teaching in higher education I find plant, of which Bradford is just one of several (themyself emulating Ron every day in and out of the weakness of the branches of Bradford pears plusclassroom. Like him, I’m not satisfied with the possible cashing in on their popularity, lead tosimply introducing material to my students, I the creation of several new hybrids). Some of thewant them to master the material and use it reversions result from the wild root stock.frequently. Only then can the knowledge be Sprouts may be left to grow as a replacement forretained. To my pleasure, I find my students the removed upper hybrid. Another possibility isreacting in the same ways that I witnessed many the sprouts might not be removed before theyof Ron’s students reacting to his instruction. flower and cross fertilize with the hybrid flowersWhile there are of course those students that will to produce viable seeds. Also, since there arenever hold a great appreciation for botany, those different hybrids having different geneticthat do grasp the “Tyrl Way”—and now Ryburn mechanisms of sterility, they can cross fertilizeWay—of botany never look at the subject in the and produce viable seeds. These appear to be thesame way. three possible ways of generating a reversion: a spontaneous reversion is very unlikely. TheseI once had a conversation with Ron several years reversions are simply the initiation of a possibleago in which he described one of the reasons he infestation with the usual chances of the seedsdedicated most of his life to teaching. He producing a tree that is not removed beforedescribed that some of the most meaningful producing more seeds.praises he received as a teacher are from students The cross fertilizations probably accounts for anwho would tell him that they rarely pass by a observation I have noted. The Bradford pears areplant and do not immediately start asking not only sterile but have an emphasized rain dropthemselves questions about it; or that they can’t shape and do not have the “thorns” of the wildscan the roadsides or sidewalks without looking at callery pear. The “self-planted” callery pears maythe plants to see what species they can identify. I or may not have the thorns and often will not betoo have heard these same acknowledgements as nearly drop shaped. Obviously the sproutsfrom my students and it is indeed meaningful. from the wild stock roots would look just like the wild callery pears. The cross fertilized trees canI genuinely love my job and feel very fortunate to have combinations of the characteristics of thebe in this profession. For those of you who have breed out hybrid and the wild pear as well. The“real jobs” in the “real world” I hope you have as crosses have the possibility to exactly look like themuch joy in your professions as I. I extend my hybrid but just produce viable seeds.heartfelt thanks to my “fathers of botany”, Bill How frequent are these reversions that produceSeibert and Ron Tyrl, for providing such an an infestation? Obviously, they are much moreexcellent example of an outstanding educator. likely to occur where there are more hybrids and more different hybrids. That suggests thatAdam Ryburn is currently the acting President of infestations are much more likely in larger townsthe ONPS. He and his wife, Maranda, and two but neither a certainty in large towns norchildren reside in Mustang. exempting small towns from infestations. Certainly they are present in Oklahoma City and Norman and I seriously doubt that they are not CONSERVATION CORNER separate infestations which might even overlap byChad Cox now. I agreed to give a session on Citizen Scientists forAlthough we need to know more about the surveying for invasive plants at the Natureinvasive plants in Oklahoma, I have expressed my Festival at the Tishomingo National Wildlifemajor emphasis would be limited to Pyrus Refuge. On the way there, I noted whether there
  4. 4. Page 4were hybrid callery pears planted at businesses CHAPTER ACTIVITIESand residences and whether there were callery Cross-Timbers Chapterpears that appeared to be “self-planted”. This was Elaine Lynchnot a thorough investigation but provides aninteresting account. All of the towns of any size On Friday, April 13th, our chapter co-sponsoredhad hybrid callery pears planted. I did not see any the annual Library Botany Lecture at OSU. This“self-planted” callery pears in Sulfur, year our speaker was Dr. Sarah Reichard,Tishomingo, Madill and Ardmore. However, Director of the University of Washington Botanicthere were two in Davis. Around the parking lot Gardens. She discussed the principles presentedof a bank there, several large hybrids were in her book The Conscientious Gardener:planted. Across the highway from the bank there Cultivating a Garden Ethic. She talked about Aldowere some more hybrids that were clearly Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac and how hisyounger but of flowering age. The two “self- philosophy of environmental sustainabilityplanted” trees were nearby. Possibly, these were inspired her. In the book Dr. Reichard putstwo separate hybrids that crossed fertilized. forward the principles of sustainable gardeningNo one has responded to my previous article. You she has formed through her own and other’smight expect an email request for information research and her own gardening. She outlines therelated to this project. I will send out emails to consequences to the environment of even smallyou requesting a survey of your area or possibly a choices gardeners make in products and practices.specific site in your area. I hope you will respond. Other co-sponsors of the Annual Botany LectureRemember, I will use this information to included the OSU Edmon Low Library, OSUapproach legislators about the need to do Botany Department, OSU Botanical Society, OSUsomething before this problem becomes another Department of Horticulture and Landscapeone that will plague us forever as red cedars do Architecture, OSU Botanical Garden, OSUnow. Department of Natural Resources & Ecological Management, and the University Store. COLOR OKLAHOMAPearl Garrison That evening our chapter hosted a potluck dinner for Dr. Reichard and members of other ONPSLook for the new wildflower signs along state chapters who attended her afternoon lecture. Dr.turnpikes. Twelve were created by Color Reichard presented a second lecture titledOklahoma and installed along the Turner, “Citizen Science” and how important ordinaryCimarron, Muskogee, and H.E. Bailey turnpikes individuals can be in data collection. Shein the spring. The signs have a blue background described the Washington Natural Heritagewith a Gaillardia in the center and the words Program (WNHP) where volunteers inventory“Color Oklahoma with wildflowers.” rare plants, lichens, fungi, ecosystems, and some animals. The data collected are used to prioritize“Be a Wildflower Spotter” is a new feature on the conservation efforts. Other programs she talkednew Color Oklahoma website which is under about were: Rare Care, a rare plant monitoringconstruction. Visitors will be asked to record program, Seeds of Success, an internationalsightings of native wildflowers on our new program that is storing seeds to preserve geneticFacebook page. The information should be the biodiversity, and the National Phenologicalname of the species, the date of the sighting, Network which is documenting the timing oflocation, and picture, if one was taken. flowering, leafing, and seed set to determine theWildflower Spotters will help everyone find and effects on plants of global warming. She also toldlearn about Oklahoma’s wonderful natives. about the Seattle Survey of Native Species (SEASONS), which involves high school studentsAnd we have new brochures that will help readers in monitoring native species, and BioBlitz the 24-identify a few native flowers by season. hr biological inventory of plants, animals, insects, fungi, and birds. Dr. Reichard mentioned that in some instances the lack of continued funding is jeopardizing these successful programs, e.g., they
  5. 5. Page 5have been notified that Seeds of Success will be Stillwater Creek bridges. Sharla Lovern willstopping soon. show us what they have accomplished and describe their monitoring plan. The field tripOur chapter and the Northeast Chapter should last 1 – 1.5 hours.conducted a joint field trip on Saturday, April21st, to the Nature Conservancy’s J.T. Nickel Central ChapterFamily Nature and Wildlife Preserve northeast of Joe RobertsTahlequah. Thirty ONPS members and guestsmet at the Preserve mid-morning, listened to an The Central Chapter met in February to hearintroduction to the Preserve by Jermey Tubbs, Jona Tucker of the Nature Conservancy speakPreserve Manager, and were introduced to about the Blue River Project, the NatureGeorge Pierson, a naturalist/photographer, and Conservancy’s newest project in Oklahoma. Jonathen botanized in one area for a couple of hours. is an enthusiastic proponent of protecting theOur primary goal was to see Cypripedium different habitats along the Blue River, and gavekentuckiense (yellow lady’s slipper orchid) and we a very entertaining presentation.were fortunate to find several in bloom in a At our March meeting, Nick Plata of the Wichitaprotected spot. As we botanized, numerous other Mountains Wildlife Refuge spoke to our groupinteresting species were discovered including: about the refuge, its history, and the native plantsTrillium (wake robin), Dioscorea (wild yam), and animals that make the refuge so unique. LikePodophyllum (mayapple), Phlox (phlox), Silene Jona Tucker, Nick is also passionate about his jobvirginica (firepink), Camassia (camas), Asclepias and the native plants and habitats about which hequadrifolia (4-leaf milkweed), and Tradescantia helps educate people.ernestiana (Ernest’s spiderwort). Following a sack The Central Chapter was saddened to learn of thelunch eaten among the wildflowers adjacent to the loss of two of our leaders. We found out thisPreserve road, most of us botanized along one of March that our chapter secretary Bonniethe trails that circled back to the Preserve Winchester passed away in December of last yearheadquarters. One interesting find on our at the age of 71. Bonnie was also a member of theafternoon trek was three species of Vaccinium Master Gardeners, and familiar to many of thegrowing together (one species in bud, one in members of that organization as well. She will beflower, and one in fruit). It was a long drive missed by all of us and our condolences go out tostarting at a very early hour for those of us who her family.drove over from Stillwater but it was well worth We also were sad to hear that our chapter Vice-the trip. President, Lisa Rountree, was leaving Oklahoma for the mountains of Colorado. Lisa was alwaysOur next field trip, also cohosted by the NE ready to help out with anything, and herChapter is scheduled for May 19th to Horsethief enthusiasm and cheerfulness will be sorelyCanyon near Perkins in Logan County. Cut by a missed. We wish her all the best in her newtributary of the Cimarron River, the canyon pursuits.extends about 400 feet into the red sandstone and With the officers diminished, it was decided toshale of the south bank of the river and is the join forces with the Cross Timbers and NEhome to a number of species characteristic of the Chapters for a couple of field trips. A couple of useastern deciduous forest. Our goal is to see made the journey to the Nature Conservancy’sArisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-Pulpit) at the J.T. Nickel Preserve, and the longer drive waswestern edge of its geographical range as well as worth it. Then on May 19th, we will again join theother spring flowering species. other chapters on their field trip to Horsethief Canyon near Perkins.On June 16th, we are planning a field trip to theOSU Botanic Garden and Cow Creek Restoration Northeast ChapterProject which is using only central-Oklahoma Alicia Nelsonnative species to stabilize the creek banks. We will On March 24th, the Tulsa Garden Center hostedmeet in the new Oklahoma Botanical Garden “OK Wildflowers” by Patricia Folley. Alyneparking lot at 10:00 a.m. The entrance is off Hwy Eiland, a NE chapter member, was instrumental51 (6th Street) between the Cow Creek and in organizing and bringing this event to Tulsa.
  6. 6. Page 6Our chapter, native plant nurseries and many What a great year for field trips! Our first was toother local organizations participated. The the Nickels Preserve near Talequah. It was a lotgarden center was packed with area enthusiasts of fun hiking with members from all over theinterested in Pat’s new book. Local media was state. There were 30 enthusiasts in search ofon site to interview Patricia and ONPS (our own Cypripedium kentuckiense (yellow lady’s slipperKim Shannon) for the nightly news. The public orchid). Thanks to Jeremy, Matt and George wehad the opportunity to hear Dr. Ron Tyrl speak were led right to the “prize” wildflower!about the diversity of the OK landscape, as well A “last minute” impromptu field trip occurred onas, a wonderful introduction about Patricia and May 12th near Skiatook. Our group visited aher years of work with the Flora of OK project. member’s 100 acre property that consists of bothPatricia spoke to the audience about her years of prairie and woodlands. The wildflowers were infield research with genuine passion and love for abundance, Salvia azurea (blue sage), Opuntiathe wildflowers of OK. She graciously signed compressa (prickly pear), Tephrosia virginianaevery book purchased. The event was a success (goats rue), Echinacea sp., Stylosanthes sp. (pencilby bringing the public together to talk about the flower), and Schrankia sp. (sensitive brier), just toimportance of native wildflowers. We also added name a few.45 new ONPS members to the roster. What do you do when an unexpected illness takesOur chapter has hosted a booth at these events away your speaker for the evening? Well, talkthis spring, The Nature Conservancy’s Blue River about wildflowers! Our May meeting was anPreserve Dedication Ceremony, Echofest in Tulsa “informal, picture showing, live wildflowerand Springfest in Claremore. identification” get together. Oh, and we learned how to press a plant for a herbarium sample. Thanks to all members who participated to make this an informative and according to one member a “different” fun meeting. Join us at Panera Bread on 41st and Hudson in Tulsa every third Friday of each month. We call it “Fabulous Wildflower Friday’s” and meet at 5:30 pm for a fun social time with friends. Need information, call Alicia at 918/599-0085. WELCOME THESE NEW MEMBERS Kim Bebee, Broken Arrow Marilyn Bell, Tulsa Teresa Blue, Tulsa Judith Boice, Tulsa Tony Booth, Indiahoma Virgie Boyd, Tulsa Linda Callery, Claremore Cecil Carter, Tishomingo Chet and Shari Cross, Tulsa Katharine Dillsaver, Tulsa Jeremy Dixon, Lawton Robin M. Elliott, Sand Springs Rebecca and Brian Fillmore, Bromide Jamie Frasier, Tulsa Peggy Garrett, Harrah Julia Harris, Tulsa Nancy Hatfield, TulsaCypripedium kentuckiense, yellow lady’s slipper Sunshine Hawkinson, Sand Springs
  7. 7. Page 7 Judi Hively, Hominy Eddie Reese, Sand Springs Kathy Huber, Tulsa` Karen Rose, Owasso Leslie Imboden, Stillwater Linda Rose-Evans, Yukon Mary Jackson, Tulsa Mary Anne Secrist, Norman Mary Keller, Tulsa Anna Marie Sellers, Tulsa John Kernnington, Bixby Millie Seubert, Blackwell Christine LaFon, Tulsa Dick Sherry, Tulsa Clinton Ledford, Pawnee Jana Singletary, Tulsa Dan MacLemore, Oklahoma City Frances Smith, Edwardsville, IL Rebecca Markham, Edmond Joyce Smith, Tulsa Derek McCall, Tulsa Tami Smith, Tulsa Linda McClintock, Norman Merry L. Steinley, Claremore Jerry and Vicki Medlin, Norman Jim Thayer, Tulsa Larry P. Meese, Medicine Park Claudia Vandiver, Tulsa Betty Louise Minnoch, Tulsa Karen and Barbara Gardner Von Moses, Tulsa Dan Moore, Tishomingo Nancy and Charles Waggoner, Edmond E. Montez Mutzig, Tulsa Julie Watson, Tulsa C.J. Murphy, Oklahoma City Charlene Wells, Bartlesville Sharon Paley, Tulsa Juldy Wilder, Tulsa Sharon Parker, Tulsa Verna Wilson, Collinsville Melanie Patry, Edmond B. Wissen, Owasso Deb Pettus, Broken Arrow Steve Wood, Broken Arrow Anne Pinc, Broken Arrow Denver and Yvonne Woolsey, Edmond Ruth Pray, Tulsa Ann Young, Edmond Maryruth Prose, Lawton Nell Reed, Midwest City Jeanne Reeds, AdairFOR JOINING OR RENEWING USE THIS FORMFill out this form or supply the same information. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Native Plant Societyand mail to Oklahoma Native Plant Society, P. O.Box 14274, Tulsa, OK 74159.Membership is for Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of current year and dues include subscription to Gaillardia.Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________Affiliation: (School, Business, or Avocation) ___________________________________________________Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Phone: Home____________ Cell ______________ Office _____________ Please do not list my phone __E mail: _______________________________________________________ Renewal __ or New Member __ Dues are tax deductible. Annual Membership Choice: $15 Individual __ or $20 Family __, or $5 Student __ Life Membership Choice: $250 Individual __ or $350 Family __Add $5.00 __ to cover cost of copying and mailing a complete ONPS directory if desired.
  8. 8. Page 8Oklahoma Native Plant SocietyP. O. Box 14274 Non-ProfitTulsa, Oklahoma 74159 U. S. Postage Paid Tulsa, Oklahoma Permit No. 357 Return Service RequestedIF YOUR LABLE DOES NOT SHOW2012 , PLEASE PAY YOUR DUES The Gaillardia Gaillardia articles, except those reprinted here with Published quarterly by the permission from other sources, may be reprinted at Oklahoma Native Plant Society will. Please acknowledge source and author. 2435 S. Peoria, Tulsa OK 74114 Send all mail except contributions to the Gaillardia to: Oklahoma Native Plant Society President Kim Shannon P. O. Box 14274 Vice-president Adam Ryburn Tulsa, OK 74159 Secretary Sandy Graue Kim Shannon at (918) 425-0075 or Membership Coordinator Tina Julich Treasurer Mary Korthase For Gaillardia material only, use the editor’s address: Historian Jeannie Coley Chadwick Cox 2241 Ravenwood Directors at Large: Norman, OK 73071-7427 2012: Clare and Buddy Miller (405)-329-8860 2013: Brooke Bonner and Janette Steets Email: 2014: Elaine Lynch and Jay Walker  All material accepted is with the understanding that it can be freely copied. Chapter Chairs: Alicia Nelson Northeast  Submit as txt, rtf or word files by disc or email. Joe Roberts Central  If submitted by hard copy, use Times New Roman RonTyrl Cross-Timbers or other standard font types for OCR. Steve Marek Mycology Members who wish to receive information by email from ONPS may send their on-line address to