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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Nov 23, 2018 6:46 AM CST
A friend sent this photo saying she was in Florida (didn't say where) and she wanted to know if I could ID this plant. She said it was growing all over. I suspect she is in S. FLorida. Any thoughts?
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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Nov 23, 2018 2:10 PM CST
Alice, That is the nonnative and invasive Brasilianischer Pfefferbaum (Brazilian Pepper) and should be eradicated by Floridians who have it growing on their property.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Nov 23, 2018 3:44 PM CST
AhHa, I will pass it on just in case she is considering bringing some home.
Thank You!
However I am not sure if she speaks German so I will give her the English name, Schinus terebinthifolia.
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Nov 26, 2018 6:28 AM CST
It grows wild all over here in Central FL, huge bushes of it along the roadsides.
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Nov 26, 2018 6:39 AM CST
That must have been what my friend saw, she said it was all over the place.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 1, 2018 7:47 PM CST
Brazilian pepper and Ardesia (coral berry) are horrible, horrible plants in Florida. As bad as Air Potato. My property is infested with Artesia. I have 5 acres, I can't keep up with pulling it out.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 7, 2018 7:15 PM CST
I think you mean Ardisia crenata, or Coral ardisia which is the terrible invasive plant here.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 7, 2018 9:13 PM CST
Sorry I misspelled it. Locally here we call it Coral Berry
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 8, 2018 5:35 AM CST
I spelled A. crenata with an "e" for years. I had it growing wild on my property in SC and loved it - hence my handle here. Although it was on the SC invasives list I never found it to be a problem. I lined a path to the river with it. The seeds were not easy to germinate, it seemed they did better when the birds sowed them after digesting them. I could transplant them when they were very young, 3", but anything larger would expire rapidly if I tried to move it. For me they were finicky and were never thugs. I wonder if it was just a unique strain???
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 8, 2018 6:11 AM CST
I just realized I was misspelling it like your screen name! Duh! I have a huge tendency to misspell Cyrtostachys. I always want to spell it Crytostachys for some weird reason LOL
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 8, 2018 8:51 AM CST
Probably you were just in a zone colder than the Ardisia could tolerate, Alice. Even if it didn't get killed back entirely in winter, it maybe slowed it down enough to keep it in control.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 8, 2018 12:30 PM CST
Maybe, but it is on SC's invasive list and I lived in the warmest possible zone in the state. It needed very heavy shade at my home, the only place they germinated was under dense shrubbery which was under tree cover. I never saw even one plant in a bright area.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 8, 2018 3:33 PM CST
I'ma take a photo probably Monday and show you just one TINY area where they have opportunistically sprouted. We NEVER had these out here before my silly neighbor decided to plant them along her driveway. Now everyone within a few miles probably has them. I cannot keep up with them, they are literally EVERYWHERE. The IFAS lady told me they can take over a seasonally wet/dry hammock area in only a year or two.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 8, 2018 4:45 PM CST
Interesting, I never saw them on hammocks but ours were all salt not fresh water. That may be the clue.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Dec 9, 2018 12:08 PM CST
This is a photo taken today after it stopped raining. This is immediately to the side of my greenhouse wall on a side that goes off into the woods (we have 5 acres). This is just s teensy, eensy FRACTION of the number of plants of Coral Berry that we have on our property now. We have many, many stands like this. And as you can see they all have berries for the birds to eat and spread even more. We were contaminated by our neighbor a couple years ago and started seeing them pop up all over, but after all the rains water and wind from Hurricane Irma and the really wet rainy summer we had (and now winter too) they have gotten even MORE invasive. There is not one single place in my yard proper that I don;t pull these up almost daily. They do NOT freeze here, even at 20F. And the last photo is the most dire...this shows them marching off into the woods. The woods that eventually go to the State Nature Preserve down the road 0.4 miles.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 9, 2018 4:02 PM CST
Oh wow, looks like you should buy stock in round up or some other evil product. I never had anything like that, mine looked like specimen plants. The only neighbor who would know what to take a picture of is going through some bad times so I can't bother her right now. Wish I had a photo but.....
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