Stockton Project Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Points of Interest:
Look for the exquisitely camouflaged lichen grasshopper on the lichen covered sandstone glade.
Be amazed by dwarfed but ancient and twisted oaks and shrubs growing on this mini-desert.
Search for the diminutive and very rare Geocarpon minimum plant.
Natural Features Description:
The hot and dry growing conditions of Bona Glade have resulted in some very stunted but ancient trees and shrubs. Here are found 200 year old post oaks no larger than a foot in diameter. Twisted farkleberry shrubs form thickets. Some of these bushes are up to 80 years old. Things grow slowly on a sandstone glade. In small pockets of sandy soil in the spring a small plant the size of a dime blooms. This is Geocarpon minimum, a species listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Many plants on the glade bloom in the spring when there is available moisture and then wither away by mid-summer. Despite the harsh conditions of this area, seven mammal species have been observed using the site, including the least shrew which is one of one of the smallest mammals in Missouri, only growing to three inches long at maturity.
This natural area is within the Stockton Reservoir Project lands. From Dadeville, travel north on Highway 245 for 4.5 miles and then turn left (west) on to Highway 215. Head west on Highway 215 for just a mile. The natural area will be on the right (north) side of the road. There is no official parking area. Park in a safe spot on the side of the road and walk in. A map and compass are recommended to explore the area. Hunting is permitted.