La Petite Gemme

This small prairie in Polk County takes its name, meaning the Little Gem, from the French heritage of the area. It is located at mile 32 along the Frisco Highline Trail that runs 35 miles from Springfield to Bolivar. 

The entire site has been declared a state Natural Area by the Missouri Department of Conservation. A total of 335 native plant species occur here; 38 native plant species in one 1/4 meter square—a state record!

La Petitie Gemme Prairie Floristic Integrity Report
La Petite Gemme Prairie Bryophytes

The site was saved by MPF in 1974 and has slowly been surrounded by development. It is cooperatively managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and MPF.

Directions:  La Petite Gemme Prairie is located in Polk County on Evans Road, about 2 miles south of Bolivar.  From the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 83, take the west access road (Springfield Ave) south about 1 mile.  The road turns sharply west; continue west on this road (E473/Evans Road) about .8 miles until it dead-ends at the parking area.  By GPS, N37 33.881 W93 24.605 (in decimal degrees, 37.56470 -93.41010).

Address: 1200 E 473rd Rd, Bolivar, MO 65613