Clidemia hirta: Riahpen roht

The small and limited area in which the class has been consistently pulling over the past few years remains generally clear of Clidemia hirta. In one of the areas in which Clidemia hirta was pulled, Clerodendrum quadriloculare is spreading rather aggressively. Walking in some new areas, however, turned up new clumps including one too big too pull back in the heart of the taro patch in the area "between the roads" on the north side of the college campus.

Newman holds high a clump of Clidemia hirta found to the south of the patches I check each term. This term I did not start in the ethnobotanical garden and instead took the class straight into the forest near the old access road that used to be there. This path took up past some new Clidemia hirta implants. This area is not as heavily infested as the agriculture area to the west. The agriculture area on the west end of campus almost seems to be an epicenter for Clidemia hirta. The density is so great that one is left wondering if the original source was not somewhere down on the west end of campus prior to 2007.

Clidemia hirta, the dark curse, posing for a profile picture.

Parkey pulling Clidemia hirta

Marino finding and pulling Clidemia hirta.

The fibrous roots of Clidemia hirta cling to the rich swamp muck long after the plant as been pulled out of the ground.

The very next morning I would learn that the Oxford dictionary word of the year is "selfie". How timely as I had just taken this selfie with Clidemia hirta.

Lucas with Gyrone behind him.

Smaller Clidemia hirta plants were bagged. While the sun is shining in this shot, during the pull rain fell. As always.

Marino wanted a photo with the Clidema hirta.

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