Fotos / Sons

What

Algodão-de-Preá (Emilia fosbergii)

Observador

djringer

Data

Janeiro 2, 2021 11:44 AM CST

Fotos / Sons

What

Salgueiro-Negro (Salix nigra)

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Dezembro 18, 2020 10:25 AM CST

Descrição

Black Willow observed on property of new Levi Jordan Plantation State Historical Site. A large number were found lining the bayou forming the western boundary of the property.

This observation is among the first of what will be an ongoing inventory of wildlife for the site.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

tnbwer

Data

Junho 20, 2020 01:46 PM UTC

Fotos / Sons

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Julho 29, 2019 03:29 PM CDT

Descrição

Woolly Rose Mallow observed at fence line on north side of FM-1301 next to a swamp.

Fotos / Sons

What

Hibisco-Palustre (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Julho 25, 2019 04:15 PM CDT

Descrição

Swamp Rose Mallow (aka Crimson-Eyed Rose Mallow) observed on the edges of a wetland, in the Post Oak Savannah vegetative zone of Texas, on both sides of Hwy-111 near its crossing with the Lavaca River. A large population exists here, especially along the fence lines paralleling both sides of the highway which crosses through the wetland. The unusual hibiscus in this area is notable for tall mostly-unbranched reddish stems and slender lanceolate/arrowhead leaves that are glabrous (not hairy) on the top side (and with reddish petioles). These are distinctively different than the green stems and heart-shaped hairy/velvety leaves of Hibiscus lasiocarpos (which is commonly found in counties further to the east). Flowering seems to begin a little later than these other types, and continues into the summer. Seeds at this location were collected, and resemble the smooth non-hairy seeds of H. lasiocarpos and moscheutos. The seed pods and secondary bracts are minutely hairy, but not velvety like those of H. lasiocarpos, matching more closely the key for H. moscheutos.

Dr. Orland Blanchard (now at University of Florida Herbarium) has reviewed a 2019 sample of the seeds, seed capsules and leaves, believing this to be part of a highly-variable H. moscheutos lasiocarpos group, in agreement with the current ID of a specimen from this same area at the Plant Resource Center (UT Herbarium):
https://prc-symbiota.tacc.utexas.edu/collections/individual/index.php?occid=1198416&clid=0.
That specimen has recently been scanned at PRC (but is not online yet), so is shown in the right-most photo. It was reported to be 18 miles SE of Yoakum along Hwy-111 - while this iNat observation was measured at 18.7 miles from Yoakum.
Similar-appearing specimens in the area:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/5737788
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18435875
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26135318
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28573650
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/43936845
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/53204486
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55041648
..... and some others in Seabourne Park at Richmond TX.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

tylercannon

Data

Maio 19, 2019 09:32 AM UTC

Fotos / Sons

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Novembro 16, 2018 12:21 PM CST

Descrição

Durand White Oak found NE of FM-1459 near Danciger TX, along a treeline. It is located on private land, but can be observed to some degree from the nearby public road. Magnificent specimen; height estimated at 65'. Circumference (breast height) was measured as 117”. Three smaller specimens of this species were located within several hundred yards, on the same side of FM-1459. This species is rather uncommon and poorly known in Brazoria County, so is reported here. County champ?

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Novembro 27, 2018 02:41 PM CST

Descrição

Overcup Oak found along Chocolate Bayou south of Manvel TX. This specimen is extremely large, and ID was confirmed by finding the species' unusual acorn on the ground underneath the tree. Several other smaller specimens are found in the nearby woods. Please note adult standing at base of tree in the two left-most photos, to gain appreciation of its size.

Fotos / Sons

What

Cornizo-Florido (Cornus florida)

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Março 2015

Lugar

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Descrição

Flowering Dogwood observed growing at Boy Scout Camp Karankawa near the San Bernard River. A grove of 15 small trees were found in 2014-2015, growing on the sloping ground around the head of a drainage known in camp as Wild Peach Gulch, although some were suffering stress from drought in the years just prior to that. By Dec-2018, many of them had died, and sustained flooding of the area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Sep-2017 is suspected as the main cause. To our knowledge, this species has never been observed in a native state anywhere else in Brazoria County TX. Samples (winter buds) of 9 of these trees were collected in Jan-2015 for DNA testing, and were submitted to Prof. Robert N. Trigiano of the University Of Tennessee (Knoxville TN), although we never heard back about any results. Soil samples from beneath each of the 9 trees were collected, sent and analyzed at the Texas A&M Soil, Water & Forage Test Laboratory (data is available).

Fotos / Sons

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Dezembro 21, 2018 11:20 AM CST

Descrição

Durand White Oak observed in residential yard on east side of Mackhank Rd., in an area near the San Bernard bottoms just inside Fort Bend County TX. Another large specimen of the species is found in the same yard.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Dezembro 21, 2018 01:08 PM CST

Descrição

Live Oak in Columbus TX, known as the Columbus Oak or Grandma’s Oak. This magnificent old giant was declared Texas state champion Live Oak in Aug-2016, with statistics of 338" trunk circumference, 61' height and 114' crown spread (Tree Index of 427). The tree that it replaced as champion was the San Bernard Oak (Texas champion from 2003-2016) which has a 386" circumference, 67' height and 100' crown spread (Tree Index of 478), which was disqualified in 2016 due to a rule change by the Texas Forest Service.
More info: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/websites/FamousTreesOfTexas/TreeLayout.aspx?pageid=26882
Previous state champion: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/19949500

Fotos / Sons

Observador

ckneuppe

Data

Dezembro 22, 2018 01:54 PM CST

Descrição

Durand White Oak on east edge of Waller Creek in downtown Austin TX, just south of 3rd St. It is in a small city park called Sir Swante Palm Neighborhood Park. The tree had a silver metal disk nailed to the trunk, embossed with the number "809". The UT Herbarium (now called the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center) has multiple specimens of this species reported from along Waller Creek in 1901, 1933 and 1945, thus is considered "wild". This tree was named the Texas State Co-Champion of the species Quercus sinuata var. sinuata by the Texas Forest Service in Jan-2014, joining with another tree in Liberty Co. that had been certified earlier. Statistics are 165" trunk circumference, 44' height and 56' crown spread, for an index of 223. Thousands of acorns littered the ground beneath the tree, many viable but some with weevil holes, crushed or dried out, and a few still on the tree (unusual, since this species seems especially early and stingy with acorns). At least 4 other old large Durand Oaks are found on the south side of same small park, and the right-most photos show some of these other trees, but they had few if any acorns in Fall 2018.