“English ivy is an aggressive invader that threatens all vegetation levels of forested and open areas. growing along the ground as well into the forest canopy……..”
Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, p,105
While we were looking for porcelain berry near the boardwalk, we found a bunch of these strange-looking plants. We had never seen anything like them. It turns out that they are Jimson Weed; a poisonous (according to Phillip Cho, the University Landscape Architect) plant in the nightshade family. Jimson Weed also turns out to be from Mexico. It may or may not be invasive, depending on who you ask. Sure is interesting though!
Hipolito, a Media and Communications major, and Lisa, a visiting education student from Kassel University, removing porcelain berry off of the UMBC Tech boardwalk.
Porcelain-berry is a beautiful vine with very vivid fruit. But it’s also invasive and smothers other plants and the landscape around it.
While removing vines from the outskirts of hilltop circle, we came across this little caterpillar. We have been unable to identify the little mystery beast.
Reward for identification: intellectual enlightenment (and maybe some gummy worms).