Microstegium vimineum seems on first glance to be ubiquitous in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It lined many of the local roads that wound their way along Worthington State Forest on the New Jersey side, and it was one of the most abundant species even on trails such as the popular Mt. Tammany Red Dot Trail.
|Japanese Stiltgrass lining the path on Red Dot Trail|
|Growing along the bases of stones on the path|
|Understory of fern|
|Microstegium vimineum colony (left) next to a stand of ferns (right)|
|Fern plant being engulfed by Microstegium vimineum|
|Fern plants surrounded by climbing Japanese Stiltgrass|
|Carpet of Japanese Stiltgrass under tree canopy|
I was even amused to discover new colonies of the invasive grass clustering around the shaded bases of large trees, an area not usually conducive to the growth of grasses.