Last week I was able to escape into the field for a few hours to a local field site and in between counting trees, logging dbh, and estimating height, I scoped out some of the things going on in the area. This isn’t a place anyone would regularly trek, especially given a lot of the rubus and smilax thickets we had to navigate, but its fun to go into the urban/suburban natural spaces from time to time to see what’s going on.
Green Cliff Brake, Cheilanthes viridis – this fern is becoming/has become very problematic in the Houston area. I only recently became aware of it last year and since then I have started seeing and noticing it in a lot of natural area. It’s actually a cool looking fern from South Africa but it is clearly going to become the next problematic fern for this region. I found one plant and ripped it up, thinking I was at least doing something and then walked 10 feet and realized I was very wrong. If I hadn’t been working I would have tried to get more of them ripped up. If you see it and you are using iNaturalist, please log it. If it is a small clump, please rip it up and take it out and put it in the trash.
Hopefully I can escape to the field again sometime soon!