Missouri Botanical Garden

Plant Biodiversity
2:15 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Missouri Botanical Garden Completes Encyclopedia Of Missouri's Native Plants

The Flora of Missouri includes detailed information on all of Missouri's native vascular plants, like this purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).
Lisa Francis, Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden has completed a 26-year effort to document the state's native plants.

The three-volume Flora of Missouri contains illustrations, plant distribution maps, and a detailed description of each species, including its taxonomy, uses, and conservation status.

This encyclopedic work updates the original Flora of Missouri, first published in 1963 by the late Julian Steyermark.

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Economy
6:31 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Climate Change Prompts Renewed Interest In Native Missouri Grapes

Vitis Rupestris (Sand Grape) Vitis Riparia (Rock Grape)
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

If you are a fan of wine, particularly European wines, from France, Italy or Germany, you can be proud of the role Missouri plays in creating that wine.

Ever since the mid-1800s roots from Missouri grapes have been grafted on to European varieties, because of their natural resistance to certain pests.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:59 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Spring Gardening Help From The Missouri Botanical Garden

Crocuses
Missouri Botanical Garden

Now that it appears that Spring has arrived in the St. Louis region, the thoughts of many residents are turning to gardening.  Efforts thus far have been frustrating for many because of the varying temperatures and large amount of rain.  Many have delayed their Spring planting, and those who haven’t may find that the few warm days caused vegetables to flower prematurely and that the cold temperatures at night have harmed them.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:43 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

St. Louis Area 'Green' Efforts

Painting a Metro bus at the Green Homes and Great Health Festival in 2009
(via Flickr/Missouri Botanical Garden)

Campaigns to protect our environment and improve sustainability efforts are numerous and ongoing in the St. Louis area.  Host Don Marsh talks with environmental experts about what has been done, what is being done, and what still needs to be done to further protect our planet. 

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Missouri Botanical Garden
6:25 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Not just for kids: a field trip to MOBOT's tree canopy climb

St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman gets some tips from her tree climbing guide, Jon Richard. He's the owner and founder of Vertical Voyages and will be taking as many as 12 people up at a time at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

Most of us haven’t scaled a tree since we were kids.

But it’s not too late!

On several weekends this fall the Missouri Botanical Garden is giving both adults and kids the chance, with the help of a professional.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman got a birds-eye view of the Garden’s tree canopy climb.

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Botany
12:17 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Odorous 'corpse flower' blooms again at Mo. Botanical Garden

This corpse flower is blooming in the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

A second Amorphophallus titanum has bloomed at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s known as the titan arum – the flower can reach over six feet tall – or the “corpse flower” for its strong smell of rotting meat. The odor attracts flies, which help pollinate the plant.

The corpse flower can go for years without blooming. When it does, the flower lasts just a few days. Fewer than 160 are known to have bloomed worldwide, in the almost 120 years since the plant was identified by scientists in Sumatra.

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Pollinators - Bees
3:43 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

New Missouri initiative looks to create buzz about bees

The Saint Louis Zoo’s Ed Spevak found this blueberry bee at the Missouri Botanical Garden on March 25. It is the first blueberry bee recorded in Saint Louis since the 1930s.
Ed Spevak|Saint Louis Zoo

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is launching a new initiative to try to create some buzz about bees.

Agriculture Director Jon Hagler says “The Great Missouri Buzz Off” aims to educate Missourians about bees and beekeeping.

“Whether it be honeybees, or native bees, they’re so vital to our agriculture’s success, and to our horticulture’s success, and we have such amazing resources here in our state,” Hagler said.

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Plant Conservation
5:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Missouri Botanical Garden to help build online global plant database

The new online World Flora database will include information on all known land plants. This Robiquetia cerina orchid was on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show.
(Missouri Botanical Garden)

The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced plans to help build an online database of the world’s plants.

Working with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the New York Botanical Garden, the Missouri Botanical Garden will compile information on as many as 400,000 land plant species, with the goal of having all the data available online by 2020.

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Conservation - Endangered Species
2:38 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

MOBOT scientists help rediscover two tree species thought to be extinct

The fruit and seeds of Erythrina schliebenii, a highly endangered East African coral tree.
(Frank Mbago/Missouri Botanical Garden)

Scientists at the Missouri Botanical Garden have confirmed the discovery of two tree species that were thought to be extinct.

Last year botanists from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania set out to look for the trees. They discovered small populations of both species in a remote forest in southeastern Tanzania, along Africa’s eastern coast.

Missouri Botanical Garden botanist Roy Gereau worked with British scientist Phil Clarke to confirm the identity of the trees.

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Climate Change - Ethnobotany
6:00 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Studying climate change in the Himalayas: the Missouri Botanical Garden's Jan Salick

Missouri Botanical Garden ethnobotanist Jan Salick crosses the highest pass (5,400 m) in the Himalayas. The pass lies to the north of the Annapurna Mountain range in western Nepal, where one of her climate change research sites is located.
(Asha Paudel)

The Himalayan mountain range in Asia is one of the highest places in the world, with several peaks rising above 8,000 meters. It’s also one of the most vulnerable to climate change.

Seven years ago, Missouri Botanical Garden senior curator of ethnobotany Jan Salick traveled to the Himalayas to begin a study of how climate change is affecting alpine plants—and the local people who depend on them.

St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra sat down with Salick to talk about her research.

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