New in June 2014 from the ISC
August 4, 2014 1 Comment
In June 2014 the following datasheets were published on CABI’s Invasive Species Compendium (ISC). You can explore the open-access ISC here: www.cabi.org/isc
Solanum seaforthianum (Brazilian nightshade) is a very aggressive woody vine able to invade natural forests, natural grasslands, forest margins, urban bushland, riverbanks, crops, pastures, roadsides, disturbed sites and waste areas. Once established, it is able to grow forming dense monocultures that smother native plant species.
Astatoreochromis alluaudi (Alluaud’s haplo) is a cichlid fish native to East African rift lakes, satellite lakes and river systems. Common in the aquarium trade, it was also widely introduced into novel river and lakes systems in East Africa for the biological control of molluscs, where it is now widespread.
Calonectria pseudonaviculata (Buxus blight) is a fungal plant pathogen. It was identified relatively recently in the UK as an introduced species causing a devastating shoot blight of boxwood (Buxus spp.) plants that are commonly used in gardens and landscaping. This pathogen has been reported from other European countries in recent years, and may have been transported in asymptomatic infected plants or propagating materials. It survives well in plant debris and probably also in soil.
Other invasive species datasheets recently published include:
Alpinia zerumbet (shell ginger)
Galinsoga quadriradiata (shaggy soldier)
Rhamphicarpa fistulosa (no common name)
Sanchezia speciosa (shrubby whitevein)
Senna septemtrionalis (smooth senna)
Thunbergia fragrans (whitelady)
Zingiber montanum (cassumunar ginger)