Nalle Bunny Run with Bill Carr 2020-10-31

Last weekend on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve I noticed that a certain plant on the sandy prairie area was blooming, covered in tiny white flowers. Over the years of leading group walks here, this plant would catch people's eyes since it's growing in a tight bunch with nothing else similar around. They'd ask me what it was, and I didn't know. Since plants are often much easier to identify when they're blooming, I took some photos. Here's one:

Yankeeweed (Eupatorium compositifolium) - 1 - 2

Back at home I posted it to iNaturalist and to the Texas Flora Facebook group. Pretty quickly Floyd Waller identified it as Yankeeweed (Eupatorium compositifolium). And pretty soon after that, Bill Dodd (@billdodd) realized it might be a new plant record for Travis County. He contacted Bill Carr, longtime Texas botanist who as been tracking plant species in Travis County since the 1980s. Bill Carr confirmed that yep, it was new for his county list! Here's part of the context he emailed us:

To cut to the chase, sandy-loving species are uncommon in our area simply because they don't grow on the limestones and clays that cover 95 percent of our landscape. Eupatorium compositifolium is one such species. It's common as dirt on the Eocene Sands in Bastrop County (and elsewhere in the southeastern US), but hasn't been reported here because of the paucity of sand. It will be really interesting to document its occurrence at Bunny Run and to find out what other sand-loving species might grow with it. Well, interesting to me, at least!

Well it was interesting to me, Bill Dodd, and Hill Country Conservancy too! So we made plans to visit the Bunny Run the following Saturday. We enjoyed a beautiful cool morning, starting at about 40 degrees at 9:00 AM and ending up in the mid-60s when we were done at noon. Bill Carr was impressed with the botanical diversity of the Bunny Run, and I can't wait to see his list and comments for the morning. I tried recording a few of the plants he pointed out, and they are attached to this journal entry below.

And of course we enjoyed seeing the Yankeeweed, which was still in bloom. Here are a few video highlights from the morning:

I kept an eBird list as well:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S75697262

And below are more attached observations, mostly plants that Bill Carr pointed out.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, November 01, 2020 18:48

Observations

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Coastal Dog Fennel Eupatorium compositifolium

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 24, 2020 10:19 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve.

Any help identifying this plant is appreciated. It's growing in sandy soil in a tight bunch and has been there for years. I happen to catch it blooming today. It's 3-4 feet hight.

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Plateau Silverbush Ditaxis simulans

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:03 AM CDT

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Prairie Tea Croton monanthogynus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:07 AM CDT

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Oneflower Flatsedge Cyperus retroflexus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:32 AM CDT

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Slender Snakecotton Froelichia gracilis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:36 AM CDT

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Gummy Lovegrass Eragrostis curtipedicellata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:39 AM CDT

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Tall Dropseed Sporobolus compositus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:53 AM CDT

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Curly-Mesquite Hilaria belangeri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:56 AM CDT

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Lindheimer Shield Fern Thelypteris ovata var. lindheimeri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:02 AM CDT

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Firethorns Genus Pyracantha

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:10 AM CDT

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American Coinwort Centella erecta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:13 AM CDT

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Chisos Mountains False Indianmallow Allowissadula holosericea

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:28 AM CDT

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Texas Fluffgrass Tridens texanus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:33 AM CDT

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:39 AM CDT

Description

I recorded two distinct "keew" contact calls, with a Carolina Wren trilling call in the background.

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Tropic Croton Croton glandulosus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:55 AM CDT

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Drummond's Leaf-Flower Phyllanthus abnormis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:59 AM CDT

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Rough Buttonweed Hexasepalum teres

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 11:01 AM CDT

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Purple Sandgrass Triplasis purpurea

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 11:04 AM CDT

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Blue Mistflower Conoclinium coelestinum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 11:18 AM CDT

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False Nettle Boehmeria cylindrica

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 11:22 AM CDT

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Skunkweed Croton texensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 11:36 AM CDT

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House Holly-Fern Cyrtomium falcatum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 11:50 AM CDT

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Southwest Bernardia Bernardia myricifolia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 12:16 PM CDT

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What

Seaside Brookweed Samolus parviflorus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 10:06 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve.

This was a special visit with Bill Dodd and Bill Carr to look at plants, specifically the Yankeeweed (Eupatorium compositifolium) that I accidentally discovered the previous weekend, which turned out to be a first for Travis County.

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 31, 2020 09:35 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve.

This was a special visit with Bill Dodd and Bill Carr to look at plants, specifically the Yankeeweed (Eupatorium compositifolium) that I accidentally discovered the previous weekend, which turned out to be a first for Travis County.

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It was perfect weather for a morning of botanizing, and I really enjoyed the outing. Thanks, Mikael, for arranging for us to come out to the preserve. Looking forward to a return visit in the spring.

Posted by billdodd 7 months ago (Flag)

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