On Nov. 13, 1999 the Graduate
Biology Student Association (GBSA)
will plant a seedling of Esenbeckia runyonii, which is one of the
rarest trees in Texas. Believed to be extinct in the wild in Texas, 15
trees were rediscovered in 1984 in Cameron County. Read more about
"Limoncillo" here. Along with this rare
tree, we will be adding many other unusual plants from South Texas to our
garden. See our complete plant list and some photos here:Biology
Department Wildscape and Teaching Garden
Our first plantings on the
south side of the Biology-Earth Science Building. At the time this picture
was taken, this garden had not been watered in two months and 9 different
species are in bloom. November 1999.
and Teaching Gardens
These gardens will serve
the multiple purposes of improving the esthetic beauty of the Texas A&M-Kingsville
campus, as teaching resource for the Biology Department and providing habitat
and food for wildlife, such as birds and butterflies.
The gardens highlight native
South Texas plants that can be easily grown in a home or commercial landscape.
We also have other Texas and Northern Mexico natives that will do well
in this area. Once established these plants will do well without
extra watering and generally are more disease and insect resistant than
exotic plants. Once we add water to our garden, another necessity for the
that has already begun visiting, the Biology Department will register the
garden with Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Texas
To learn more about using
native plants in the landscape and sources see our page on
Native Plant Gardening.
For a list of good books
and other references on South Texas plants, look at our reference
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