Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Texas is home to well over 1,300 plant and animal species known as “Species of Greatest Conservation Need.” These include federal- and state-listed species, as well as those that were never listed due to lack of information. As a recipient of one of Texas Parks and...
Amistad Vegetation Mapping

Amistad Vegetation Mapping

In spring 2017, researchers from the Wildflower Center began an epic plant survey at Lake Amistad National Recreation Area. They were hired by the National Park Service to collect data that will be used to create detailed vegetation maps. These maps not only show...
Tobusch Fishhook Cactus Conservation

Tobusch Fishhook Cactus Conservation

Tough things sometimes come in small packages. The Tobusch fishhook cactus (Sclerocactus brevihamatus ssp. tobuschii, also known as Ancistrocactus tobuschii) is no exception. Named for its unique hooked spines, this cactus spends the first five years of its life...
Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

The Wildflower Center collects and stores seed from keystone species in the plant communities of Texas. These seeds are used by research scientists in propagation studies, reintroduction and environmental restoration efforts and safeguarded as a hedge against possible...