From the Topics in the Subtropics blog :: March 4, 2020
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So I've gotten a few calls lately about this vine with a big green pod that is growing in lemon trees. What is done with it and how do you get rid of it?
Araujia sericifera, cruel vine, moth plant, bladderflower is an escaped ornamental that has become an invasive weed in California. Yes, a pretty vine brought into the garden – “poor man's stephanotis” - and it's gotten out...
- Author: Thomas Getts
When I was an undergraduate back in Colorado, I spent the vast majority of two summers mapping the waterways of Boulder County for invasive species. It was an excellent experience which got me jazzed about weed science. Fighting through the thorns of Russian olive groves, while picking the cheatgrass and houndstongue seeds out of my socks, I was experiencing first hand some of the impacts invasive species have. I quickly realized my discomfort was trivial to the impact these invasive weeds were having on native species.
One of the plants the Land Manager of Boulder County was most concerned about was myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites L.). Back in Colorado this creeping perennial is an A list noxious weed species...