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Research


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 Concern

The Wildflower Center is responsible for managing the conservation of several federally listed species in Texas. These species include:

Endangered Species Grants

In 2013-14, the Wildflower Center administered a competitive award program in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to benefit five endangered species (Black-capped vireo, Navasota ladies’ tresses, Texas prairie dawn and Tobusch fishhook cactus). To date, seven organizations have received awards totalling $501,426 for conservation research and aquisition of habitat for these federally endangered species. Learn more...

Vegetation Surveys

Over the past three years, Center botanists have performed surveys at Padre Island National Seashore, Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, The Big Thicket and Lake Amistad Recreation Area. Learn more...

Pollinator Conservation

Native pollinators play a critical role in sustaining ecosystems and provide essential services to American agriculture. At the Wildflower Center we work to increase the use of native plants that are essential to the survival of native pollinators like native bees, butterflies, bats, moths, and flies. Learn more...
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