Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 10
State Emblems

August 28, 2013




Official state bird.

10.010. The native "bluebird" (Sialia Sialis) is selected for and shall be known as the official bird of the state of Missouri.

(RSMo 1939 15439, RSMo 1949 10.070, A.L. 1957 p. 726)

Prior revision: 1929 14314



Bobwhite quail, official state game bird.

10.012. The "bobwhite quail" (Colinus virginianus) is selected for and shall be known as the official game bird of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2007 H.B. 576)



Flag, official--design of--original design--where kept.

10.020. The official flag of the state of Missouri is rectangular in shape and its vertical width is to the horizontal length as seven is to twelve. It has one red, one white and one blue horizontal stripe of equal width; the red is at the top and the blue at the bottom. In the center of the flag there is a band of blue in the form of a circle enclosing the coat of arms in the colors as established by law on a white ground. The width of the blue band is one-fourteenth of the vertical width of the flag and the diameter of the circle is one-third of the horizontal length of the flag. In the blue band there are set at equal distances from each other twenty-four five-pointed stars. The original copy of the design shall be kept in the office of the secretary of state. The flag shall conform to the design set out on page xxx.

(RSMo 1939 15438, RSMo 1949 10.080, A.L. 1957 p. 726)

Prior revisions: 1929 14313; 1919 11609

CROSS REFERENCE:

Flag desecration, penalty, 578.095



State floral emblem.

10.030. The hawthorn, the blossom of the tree commonly called the "red haw" or "wild haw" and scientifically designated as crataegus, is declared to be the floral emblem of Missouri, and the state department of agriculture shall recognize it as such and encourage its cultivation on account of the beauty of its flower, fruit and foliage.

(RSMo 1939 15440, RSMo 1949 10.090, A.L. 1957 p. 726)

Prior revision: 1929 14315



State arboreal emblem.

10.040. The flowering dogwood scientifically designated as Cornus Florida L. is declared to be the arboreal emblem of Missouri and the state department of agriculture shall recognize it as the official state tree and encourage its cultivation on account of the beauty of its flower and foliage.

(L. 1955 p. 769 1, A.L. 1957 p. 726)



State lithologic emblem.

10.045. The rock "mozarkite" is the official rock and lithologic emblem of Missouri.

(L. 1967 p. 93 1)



State mineral.

10.047. The mineral "galena" is the official mineral of Missouri.

(L. 1967 p. 93 1)



State song.

10.050. The song "Missouri Waltz", arranged by Frederick Knight Logan from a melody by John Valentine Eppel, with lyrics by J. R. Shannon, is the official state song of Missouri.

(L. 1949 p. 275 1, RSMo 1949 10.100, A.L. 1957 p. 726)



Seal of state--device.

10.060. The device for an armorial achievement for the state of Missouri is as follows: Arms, parted per pale, on the dexter side; gules, the white or grizzly bear of Missouri, passant guardant, proper on a chief engrailed; azure, a crescent argent; on the sinister side, argent, the arms of the United States, the whole within a band inscribed with the words "UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL". For the crest, over a helmet full-faced, grated with six bars; or, a cloud proper, from which ascends a star argent, and above it a constellation of twenty-three smaller stars, argent, on an azure field, surrounded by a cloud proper. Supporters on each side, a white or grizzly bear of Missouri, rampant, guardant proper, standing on a scroll, inscribed with the motto, "Salus populi suprema lex esto", and under the scroll the numerical letters MDCCCXX. And the great seal of the state shall be so engraved as to present by its impression the device of the armorial achievement aforesaid, surrounded by a scroll inscribed with the words, "THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI", in roman capitals, which seal shall be in a circular form and not more than two and a half inches in diameter.

(RSMo 1939 15437, RSMo 1949 10.110, A.L. 1957 p. 726)

Prior revisions: 1929 14312; 1919 11608; 1909 11180



State insect.

10.070. The native "honey bee", scientifically designated as apis mellifera, is selected for and shall be known as the official insect of the state of Missouri.

(L. 1985 H.B. 281 1)



State musical instrument.

10.080. The fiddle is selected for and shall be known as the official musical instrument of the state of Missouri.

(L. 1987 H.B. 630 1)



State fossil.

10.090. The fossilized remains of Crinoidea, scientifically designated as Delocrinus Missouriensis, is declared to be the official state fossil of Missouri.

(L. 1989 H.B. 515 1)



State dinosaur.

10.095. The Hypsibema missouriensis dinosaur is hereby selected for, and shall be known as, the official dinosaur of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2004 H.B. 1209)



State tree nut--black walnut.

10.100. The nut produced by the black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) known as the "Eastern Black Walnut", is selected for and shall be known as the official tree nut of the state of Missouri.

(L. 1990 S.B. 749)



Official animal.

10.110. The Missouri Mule, known for its strength, hardiness, intelligence and even temper, is selected for and shall be known as the official animal of the state of Missouri.

(L. 1995 H.B. 84 & 98)



State folk dance.

10.120. 1. As used in this section, the term "square dance" means an American folk dance which is called, cued or prompted to the dancers and includes square, rounds, clogging, contra, line and heritage dances.

2. The dance commonly known and referred to as the "Square Dance" is selected for and shall be known as the "American Folk Dance of the State of Missouri".

(L. 1995 H.B. 84 & 98)



Crayfish, official state invertebrate.

10.125. The crayfish, also called crawfish and crawdad, is selected for, and shall be known as, the official invertebrate of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2007 H.B. 351)



Paddlefish state aquatic animal.

10.130. The paddlefish or spoonbill, scientifically designated as Polyodon spathula, is hereby selected for, and shall be known as, the official aquatic animal of the state of Missouri.

(L. 1997 H.B. 700)



Channel catfish state fish.

10.135. The channel catfish, scientifically designated as Ictalurus punctatus, is hereby selected for, and shall be known as, the official fish of the state of Missouri.

(L. 1997 H.B. 700)



Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, official state horse.

10.140. The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse is hereby selected for, and shall be known as, the official state horse of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2002 H.B. 1141, et al. merged with H.B. 1988)



Purple martin capital of the state, city of Adrian.

10.141. The city of Adrian is declared to be and shall be known as the purple martin capital of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2003 H.B. 463)



Big bluestem, official state grass.

10.150. The Missouri native grass (Andropogon gerardii) known as "Big Bluestem" is selected for, and shall be known as, the official grass of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2007 H.B. 680)



State grape.

10.160. The Norton/Cynthiana grape, designated as Vitis aestivalis, is hereby selected for, and shall be known as, the official state grape of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2003 S.B. 651)



State amphibian--North American bullfrog.

10.170. The North American Bullfrog, scientifically designated as Rana catesbeiana, is selected for and shall be known as the official amphibian of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2005 H.B. 33)



Three-toed box turtle, official state reptile.

10.175. The three-toed box turtle, scientifically designated as Terrapene carolina triunguis, is selected for and shall be known as the official reptile of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2007 H.B. 272)



Ice cream cone, official dessert.

10.180. The ice cream cone is selected for and shall be known as the official dessert of the state of Missouri.

(L. 2008 S.B. 991)



Blue ribbon recognized as the official state symbol for child abuse prevention.

10.185. The blue ribbon is hereby recognized as the official state symbol for child abuse prevention in the state of Missouri.

(L. 2011 H.B. 749)

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