Roving Reporter | "Mystery Plant at Castro" | Ellen Reisinger, Master Naturalist

Out of 214 plants located at the Castro Birding site, there is one plant that has stumped even the best Master Naturalist. It showed up in three places about three weeks ago. “For the last couple of weeks, we have had various people look at it trying to identify it and no one knows what it is,” explains Ellen Reisinger, Master Naturalist.

Anyone wishing to help identify the plant, contact Reisinger at reisingerellen@gmail.com. “We just want to know whether if it is a native plant or if it is invasive, etc.” explains Reisinger.

The Linda S Castro Nature Sanctuary is a 4 1/2 acre site located on the west side of Highway 35 North across from Sandollar Motel and RV Park. It contains various native plants endemic to this area such as Coastal Live Oak, Red Bay, Coral Bean, Seacoast Bluestem, Zizotes Milkweed and many kinds of wildflowers such as Indian Blanket, Greenthread, Sunflowers and Lazy Daisy. The site has been enhanced with additional native plantings and includes a prairie, large pond and Monarch Waystation.

The site is part of Aransas Pathways bringing hiking and biking trails, history and birding sites, kayak launch areas throughout Aransas County for visitors and residents to enjoy year round.

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