All posts tagged: Brazilian pepper

Weeds of Wednesday: A New Name for Guineagrass

Guineagrass is shown above growing near the bike rack at the northwest “main” entrance to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). For awhile the politically correct name for this grass was giant panicum. Not anymore, though, since the botanical name of this grass has been […]

Weeds of Wednesday: Invasive Plants Intact after Irma

Wish that I could say that Hurricane Irma damaged the invasive pest plants at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) significantly. Yes, some Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia) is scorched by salt and wind as are exposed oaks and even mangroves. Many leaves and small branches are […]

Wednesday Weeds: Delectable but Dangerous

They are not ripe yet, but they soon will be. Strawberry guava (Psidium cattlelianum) fruits supposedly taste somewhat like strawberries. Another common name, Cattley guava, honors 19th Century English horticulturalist William Cattley, as does the species name, cattleianum. The genus name, Psidium, means pomegranate in Greek, and strawberry […]

Throwback Thursday: At Captain Forester Preserve

March 28, 2008 is when the photo above was taken. Sorely missed from this world are Maggy Taylor (Class of 2004) seated at the left and Joel Day (Class of 2005) standing toward the front. How swiftly comes change! Note the extensive bowstring hemp (Sansevieria […]

“Cool” Coastal Strand: Treasure Shores Park #2

Devil’s potato (Echites umbellatus), a.k.a rubbervine, is an uncommon plant of the coastal strand in Indian River River County and is shown above at Treasure Shores Park on a 6/3/2017 field trip surrounded by the leaves of beach dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis). Coastal strand is […]

Restoration Success at Blowing Rocks Preserve

Deen Copeland (Class of 2016), Don Schuster (Class of 2009), Linda Chancellor (Class of 2010), Reva Brugnoli (Class of 2013), Karen Schuster (Class of 2009), Susan Warmer (Class of 2007), Lani York (Class of 2016), Bob Bruce (Class of 2012), and Sam Chancellor (Class of 2010) […]

Limber on Prange Island

Joe Carroll (Class of Fall 1998) took Bob Bruce and me to Little & “Big” Prange Islands on Father’s Day. Accessible only by boat and purchased for conservation in 1996 by Indian River County, these islands — mostly real and only partially spoil — are […]

(Brazilian) pepper ‘wrangler’

Jean ‘JJ’ Romano (Class of 2013) shown above in a photo taken by Diane LaRue vanquishes a 15-foot tall Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. When some members of the 2015 class expressed skepticism that a Brazilian pepper about 3-feet tall […]

Seeing red

Red with rage, that is how I feel about Brazilian pepper trees (Schinus terebinthifolius). The best thing that I can say about them is that they respond quickly to herbicide treatments. More than 740,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee are invaded by this poison ivy […]

Holly berries or Pink peppercorns

                        The pink peppercorns that adorn (often high-priced) wreaths during this time of year and are sold as a culinary spice are the fruits of the pernicious invasive pest plant, Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolious). […]