Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Right Here in Harris County

(As you have likely learned by now you may link to more information and pictures by clicking on any of the words or topics highlighted by the purple color in these blog posts.)

Matzke Park and the Butterfly Garden are beautiful and convenient.  However we constantly like to explore and suggest other “green things” in the Harris County area.  
Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s new Endangered Species Garden dedication was held on Earth Day yesterday. They boast a number of the 760 plant species that are federally listed as endangered or threatened. Mercer has been working with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) since 1989 and Mercer is one of the 36 botanic facilities in the nation that maintain CPC’s National Collection of Endangered Plants. The Endangered Prairie Dawn (Hymenoxys txana) is only found in Texas and can be found right here in Harris County.
Precinct4 has a preserve off of 1960 and Cutten Rd. housing many of these tiny sunflower plants that are about 3 inches high. You might step on them and not even note them on the ground.

Check other interesting things that are happening at Mercer. One endangered plant Correll's False Dragon-head (Physostegia correllii) is of the mint family . It is found only in Texas and Louisiana and is being investigated for use in treating cancer. Read more about it by clicking HERE      



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