Puzzle sunflower (Helianthus paradoxus),
photo credit: Campbell and Lynn Lougmiller
Texabama croton (Croton alabamensis var. texensis)
photo credit: Marcus, Joseph A.
The Wildflower Center partners with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), other conservation organizations, academia, private landowners and state and federal agencies to perform conservation research on rare and endangered plants species in Texas.
Our greenhouses temporarily house endangered plants such as Tobusch fishhook cactus salvaged from construction sites with the goal of repatriating these plants back into suitable habitat in the wild. During their stay at the center, important information on flowering and growing habits of these plants is collected and research findings help inform future management and recovery efforts for the species.
Species of ConcernThe Wildflower Center is responsible for managing the conservation of several federally listed species in Texas. These species include:
- Callirhoe scabriuscula (Texas poppy mallow)
- Croton alabamensis var. texensis (Texabama croton)
- Dalea reverchonii (Comanche Peak prairie clover)
- Helianthus paradoxus (Puzzle sunflower)
- Quercus hinckleyi (Hinckley’s oak)
- Salvia penstemonoides (Big red sage)
- Streptanthus bracteatus (Bracted twistflower)
- Styrax platanifolius ssp. texanus (Texas snowbells)
- Zizania texana (Texas wild-rice)