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  •  Fascinating history of an invasive. (6+ / 0-)

    I've read numerous references to and brief overviews of this particular invasive but I never realized the full impact of the problem until I read your diary.  We're exempt because of colder winter temperatures and though we have our share of invasive plants, they rarely reach critical stages because neither the soil nor climate is amenable to rapid naturalization.  Most are more nuisances or present a limited threat.

    In the very literal backyard sense, it's the native wildflowers or ground cover that can produce a nightmare battle for plant dominance, just as some weeds do.  Once transplanted or sewn on loose fertile soil, they become almost unmanageable in the home landscape.  That's only an individual problem, however, and has no effect on the ecology of the area.

    The major aquatic problem in the area has been with the proliferation of Blue-Green algae as a result of warming and drought.

    In the NE Southern Plains we're up to a balmy 40 with the below normal (?) cold likely to continue another week with hard freezes.  A solid 20 tonight.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the educational narrative.

    For those who serve the greater cause may make the cause serve them....T. S. Eliot

    by blueoasis on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 12:35:03 PM PST

    •  in Florida its also the sheer variety of invasives (6+ / 0-)

      that cause the problems.  We have dozens and dozens of things that ain't supposed to be here. If it's ever been popular in the pet trade and the plant trade, we very likely have it established here.

      Add to that the fact that much of Florida is being (or already has been) paved over by the growing human population (our most destructive invader, by far, is "Europeans"), and it's a wonder we still have anything native left here.

      And yes, I contributed to the problem, because I moved here from Pennsylvania (though, to be fair to myself, I live in an already-built house from the 20's, not a newly-built building).

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 01:39:41 PM PST

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      •  It's true as you suggest that in the most (5+ / 0-)

        objective sense we've become an invasive species, more apparent in some areas than others.  The result of either desirability of location or entrapment due to poverty.

        A decade ago we explored a number of areas, motivated by chronic allergy problems, but couldn't find anywhere that met our requirements so we eventually gave up.

        We're still a century behind in our thinking about both climate and population in the way that we see those changes factored into or more often ignored by the great majority of leaders in legislating, analyzing, planning, and regulating all our major problems.

        Almost a century ago the American poet, E. A. Robinson, wrote that the world is not a prison house but a spiritual kindergarten where bewildered infants are trying to spell God with the wrong blocks.

        I can't see that much has changed since then.

        For those who serve the greater cause may make the cause serve them....T. S. Eliot

        by blueoasis on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 03:45:03 PM PST

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