Our two most vigorous invasive plant species, privet and oriental bittersweet, are wrapped into each other at Lake Cheston. A moment’s reflection from the perspective of a hungry bird hints at how these species manage to spread so successfully. Unfortunately, their fruits have no gastronomic value to humans, except when passed through a goat and turned to milk. Bittersweet, despite its appealing red color, is slightly toxic to humans but not to goats.
Their twining reminds me of the Bramble and the Rose.