One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Brazilian Pepper, Schinus terebinthifolius: a pretty plant but a dangerous harmful invasive in Florida wetlands
Imported as an ornamental in the mid 19th Century, this plant is now widespread and difficult to eradicate. It looks like a sumac and is a member of the Anacardiaceae. Until this visit, I had only seen it in disturbed wetland habitats along the highway, but this trip we took advantage of one of the only dog-beaches in Central Florida, and found a huge population of Brazilian Pepper along the 1500 foot trail to the beach. The prognosis isn't real good either; any root over 1/4" in diameter can resprout so mechanical control is out of the question and herbicide is such a tough call in a barrier island/peninsula situation.