Today we learned about the Brazilian pepper tree. The Brazilian pepper tree is one of the most widespread and powerful invasive species in the Florida Everglades and BICY.
The main detrimental effects of the Brazilian pepper tree are that it can kill other vegetation rapidly by forming dense connections with their branches, which suppress growth of smaller plants. Once they take over one area, their strong roots cannot be permeated.
Due to its large volume on the ground, it takes over the food and shelter of other plant and animal species, such as snakes and many amphibians. It disturbs fish-breeding habitats, crowds mangroves and promotes erosion, thus hurting shorelines. This plant definitely needs to be stopped! Our goal is to protect the integrity of Florida’s natural ecosystems from the biological degradation caused by the invasion of Brazilian pepper! Another reason for not liking this plant, it is a member of the same family as poison ivy and poison oak!
It's time to sharpen the machetes, we have some important work to do!