Battling The Guinea Grass

Guinea Grass (panicum maximum) has become a curse word at Frontera Audubon lately as our summer interns work hard to dig out the African native that has been introduced to almost all tropical countries.

Although in some environments  it is an ideal forage plant that grows well in almost any soil and even with light shade, at Frontera it is considered a dangerous exotic weed that suppresses and kills local plants.  It is resistant to drought, flooding, and it builds up a dense mass of plant material that chokes out everything around it.  Remove it! Remove! Remove! we say…and our interns, Vicky, Stephanie and Cristian, are working hard to do just that.

Stephanie, Vicky and Cristian examine an amazing example of invasive guinea grass.


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