Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species Paperback – Apr 30 2007
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About the Author
Sylvan Kaufman consults, writes, and teaches on ecology, botany, and restoration topics through her business, Sylvan Green Earth Consulting. She lives in Denton, Maryland. Wallace Kaufman is a science writer and author of several popular nature books, including Coming Out of the Woods (978-0-7382-0488-8), No Turning Back (978-0-595-00099-9), and The Beaches Are Moving (978-0-8223-0574-3). He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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At root with this topic we are dealing with issues of biogeography and plant distribution, and yes, survival of the fittest. Plants don't get born with the "invasive" gene, they get labeled that way because we humans don't like them where they are or their "intrusive" growth habits in our gardens, parks and forests. They suffer the same fate as weeds. Do you find dandelions a beautiful spring flower with health giving leaves or do you see it as an invader of your otherwise beautiful lawn? It isn't the plant that chooses its name folks, it is us.
That said, the book has a good introduction and introduces us to a full range of what are currently considered the bad boys of the invasive world. And, many of them do act like "bad boys" as they jump into the business of occupying territory at the expense of others. On the other hand, it is interesting to note that at least 53 of the species are also listed in Pickett's book "Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast" where they are given credit for being able to tolerate extreme growing conditions and "green" areas where other plants are unable to survive.
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