First Coast Air Potato Round-Up!

Volunteers are needed to remove Air Potato vines and other non-native invasive plants that overtake our natural areas.

Please join the Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation staff for the First Coast Air Potato Round-Up! The corner of Jasmine St. and Citrona Drive is one of 9 designated sites in NE Florida for this annual event. Volunteers are needed to remove Air Potato vines and other non-native invasive plants that overtake our natural areas. Non-native, invasive species smother our native plants and trees and are one of the highest ecological threats to natural communities in Florida.

Dioscorea bulbifera (the air potato) is a yam species. It is a perennial vine with broad leaves and tubers beneath the ground. It is important to note that uncultivated forms, such as those found growing wild in Florida can be poisonous.

The air potato plant is native to Africa and Asia but, in Florida, it is an invasive species because it grows quick and shades out any plants trying to thrive beneath it. If the plant is cut to the ground, the tubers can survive for extended periods and send up new shoots later.

So come on out and take your shot at winning a prize because the collector of the largest air potato found at the 9 sites will win a guided kayak tour from Kayak Amelia!

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