Category Archives: Native Plants

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Invasive Plants Have An Edge

We’ve seen this capability in a number of invasive plants that have come from Eurasia, such as garlic mustard… The roots exude a toxin that kills native plants.

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Walk If You Want But Plants Prefer to Fly

Celebrated in Buddhist temples and cultivated for its wood and cottony fibers, the kapok tree now is upsetting an idea that biologists have clung to for decades: the notion that African and South American rainforests are similar because the continents were connected 96 million years ago.

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New Bamboo Species Discovered In U.S. — Now There Are Three

But we still dont understand exactly how long it has been since our bamboos separated from their Asiatic cousins. And we dont know how we ended up with three species in North America and 500 in East Asia.

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Natural Succession Cannot Be Ignored

Lavender and cypress grown together and inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi under glass showed significantly higher growth than when they were cultivated and developed separately.

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Common Introduced Weed Threatens Hardwood Forests

Maples, ashes and other hardwood trees are being harmed by an invasive weed that indirectly slows their growth to about one-tenth the normal speed, scientists say.

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Good For Your Lawn, Bad For Native Flora

The practical implications of our findings are that the more herbivores there are in an area, the more likely it will be that infected tall fescue grass will spread and suppress native plants.

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Common Western Weed Kills Competition

…spotted knapweed – doesn't take over outside of its native ecology just by being leaner – it's also meaner.