RE: NANFA-- willows and maybe cattails

Crail, Todd (
Mon, 6 Jan 2003 14:48:56 -0500

Thank you for bringing my misrepresentation to light Mr. Denkhaus :)

He is correct, there is native genotype of P. australis, although, due to it's
Old World look alike, it's pretty rare (and what I was haphazardly
distributing was that the colony in the local ditch is 99.9999% sure to be
european or african orgination). We have a native genotype in Ohio as well,
but there are only two or three places that I'm aware of it's presence, I'm
sure there's more tho. Even still, those in power watch the colonies and see
if it moves, fearful of it budging more than a foot per year (seriously...
they use gps to monitor a colony on a kettle hole in a Northeast Ohio Nature
Conservancy preserve).

I can't wait until we have those Dr. McCoy scanner doo-dads that will tell us
the genetic footprint of something in the field :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Denkhaus, Robert

Whoa there Mr. Crail! Don't diss phragmites out of hand. It is native to
some parts of North America, including Texas. We actually reintroduced it
into the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge after it was lost to habitat
changes dating back to when Lake Worth and was constructed just down stream
the Refuge and Eagle Mountain Lake was constructed just upstream. You are
right however in describing their soil requirements which are described as
"usually tight clay soils".
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