Locals refer to this area as "the shinnery." Most old timers have plenty of gripes about the landscape: grassburs, sand fleas, catbrier
On the east bank, above the natural drainage ditch, we cleared away poison ivy catbrier
, and enormous old, twisted grapevines.
Common understory species include Virginia wildrye (Elymus virginicus), trichloris, Texas wintergrass, knotroot bristlegrass, Texas bristlegrass (Setaria texana), brownseed paspalum, rustyseed paspalum (Paspalum langei), little bluestem, eastern gamagrass, old-man's beard (Clematis drummondii), mistflower (Eupatorium odoratum), and catbrier
Under a dark canopy, red-berried cassenas compete for sunlight with myrtle and holly and prickly pear, themselves swaddled by catbrier
ex Torr.) Fernald; Bristly greenbrier or catbrier
; Eastern meadow, woodlands; Common and widespread; C = 3; BSUH 17792.
Green and catbrier
, poison ivy stands, honeysuckle, and kudzu are just a few of the pleasures that await you that need to be cleared away in order to use your land.