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Ferns, Fungi and Mosses: Is this a fern? Help with ID please

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hummerseeker
Cypress, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2009
11:23 PM

Post #7180453

These popped up in my backyard this summer underneath and near my redbud tree where there is no grass. When I first saw them I thought they were Pride of Barbados (I have some nearby), but then I saw that the leaf structure is different. They seem to stay somewhat short; however, I do mow them when I mow the grass, so I'm not sure how tall they would get otherwise. They have the spores under the leaves like a fern.

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hummerseeker
Cypress, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2009
11:25 PM

Post #7180458

Closeup of leaf.

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hummerseeker
Cypress, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2009
11:25 PM

Post #7180463

Underside of leaf.

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hummerseeker
Cypress, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2009
11:26 PM

Post #7180468

Size perspective

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HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

October 17, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #7180504

I don't think it's a fern. More like some type of vetch, which is a member of the legume family. I'm not familiar with Texas plants though, so hope someone more local will be able to help you.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #7180697

Certainly a legume, not sure which species though.

Resin
hummerseeker
Cypress, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2009
4:14 PM

Post #7182381

Wow, thanks so much for the replies. I had no earthly idea where to start looking. I've searched all my native Texas plant books and came up empty. I was afraid it was a non-native that I would have to fight. This one was not in a book that I have. However, after doing some online reading, it is definitely a legume and probably indigenous to the prairies around where I live. I suspect the birds may have brought it in. I rather like it, and it is beginning to make a very nice groundcover where grass won't grow.
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

October 18, 2009
7:53 PM

Post #7183012

Weeds can be friends, in the right places! Any legume enriches the soil, so this plant might be a "pioneer" weed that replenishes the soil and makes it fertile for new plants to move in someday in the future.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


October 29, 2009
5:02 AM

Post #7219395

It is Phyllanthus debilis. A member of the Euphorbia Family.

Once it gets established, it is very difficult to get rid of. It is very invasive.
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2009
12:11 PM

Post #7337354

It's all over my yard and in my flowerebeds...a royal pain and never ending task of weeding out.


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