What is it?
- Texas ayenia is a small shrub and is a member of the chocolate family (Sterculiaceae).
- Found in the Tx/US territories.
- Texas ayenia has been found in a variety of alluvial soil types, ranging from heavy clay to fine sandy loam.
Texas ayenia is a small shrub, typically from 1 to 3 feet (30 to 92 centimeters) in height. The heart-shaped leaves have finely-toothed margins.
- The known populations range from Soto la Marina, in east-central Tamaulipas, Mexico and 200 mile north to Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties, Texas
SAVE THE PLANT!!!
• Small genetic pool
• Habitat destruction due to development
• Introduction of non-native pasture grasses
• Herbicides used on pastures
• Irrigation, flood control, dam construction, water pollution, water quality degradation
• Human trampling, collection
- There is not much we can do help this plant, scientists are still trying to find a way to keep this plant alive and getting to to repopulate.