Verbesina are generally easily distinguished from most other plants on Kure based on broad serrated leaves (saw-toothed), an ascending stem, and orange-yellow flowers.  In mature stands, Verbesina can reach heights of 7-8 feet, but you can also find mature plants as small as 3 inches tall.  Few other plants onRead More →

Goat’s Head or Puncture Vine Tribulus is native to Kure and is abundant in open areas. Its leaf pattern and yellow flowers are unmistakable. Tribulus produces sharp thorny seeds that will get your attention. There is some die-back of Tribulus in winter, but otherwise, it is perennial. Tribulus cotyledons areRead More →

Common Chickweed Stellaria, a non-native plant, is seasonal, usually first appearing in December. It has trailing branching stems and numerous egg-shaped to elliptic leaves, usually with an obvious tooth at the apex.  It is found in Camp, along the ‘Anunu/East Turnaround border, and in West Turnaround. Stellaria cotyledons range fromRead More →

Lesser Sea Spurry Spergularia, a non-native plant, is one of two members of the pearlwort family on Kure. It is characterized by fleshy succulent leaves, purplish flowers, and often some purple in the stem. Sagina, the other pearlwort, has white flowers, but is similar to Spergularia, especially at very smallRead More →

Sow Thistle Sonchus, a non-native plant, is not a true thistle. Instead, it is a member of the ‘tribe’ dandelion. It is nearly dimorphic, with coarse, pointed leaves when growing in exposed areas, tending towards soft, rounded leaves when growing in shade. It is uncommon but somewhat widespread, occurring fromRead More →