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Does anybody know the laws regarding collection of Texas native plants?

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#1 Betta132

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 11:24 PM

I think I'd like to collect a few species of plants, namely something like the water lilies I've seen around here. I can't find anything on plant collection, though, and I'm not even certain exactly what kind of plant I'm looking at. 

So, basically, I don't know what I'm doing aside from how to move a plant without killing it. Where can I go to learn what I'm doing?

#2 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:09 AM

A lot of the people here who are really good with aquatic plants are also members of their local aquarium club. I imagine you could learn a lot by attending some meetings and getting to know some of the plant enthusiasts.

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#3 loopsnj64

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:43 PM

I cant really help with the law aspect of this post, but i can give some tips on how to collect plants


with stem plants (hornwort, anacharis etc.) just snip off a healthy stem, no pulling out of the ground required


Getting plants like water lilies and vallisnera is trickier, you have to carefully dig up as much of the bulb and roots as possible with minimal damage


transport aquatic plants without any soil in individual water-filled (halfway), buckets separated by species, and when in the pond/aquarium watch carefully for things like parasites and insect hitchhikers (though the latter can be beneficial),


really though getting water lilies from a pond or lake is a tricky, long process that i have never delved into, mainly because most of our local lilies are the invasive and less then attractive Nuphar species

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#4 Mrfipp

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 06:38 AM

I don't think there are any legal concerns with plant collection in Texas. This document looks to agree. Collection laws are loose on fish here as well, but you will need to check your source if you use a lake, as any lake listed to have zebra mussels you can't take any water from. No live wells, no cooler, nothing. That info is available at the tpwd website.


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#5 Betta132

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 11:13 AM

Great, thanks! 

I wouldn't take water from a zebra mussel lake if someone paid me to do it. For one thing, I do NOT need zebra mussels in any of my tanks, no matter how pretty they are. For another, those things don't need yet another way to go places. 

#6 don212

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 12:59 PM

in fl plants come under dept of ag and are much tougher than fish

#7 Mrfipp

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 03:12 PM

There's more laws here preventing possession of invasive and nuisance species than on possession of natives to my knowledge. Really if you find privately owned water here, most collection laws are null and void, minus federal protections of course.

Anyhow, there's plenty of online resources from the tpwd and the agricultural department clarifying rules. There's also very good resources from the universities here if people are interested for identifying and growing native plants and encouraging habitats for native animals if you have a few acres. There's not a shortage of land in Texas.

Here's another list of laws regarding aquatic life in Texas.

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