Invasive alien plants in the forests of Asia and the Pacific


Invasive alien plants in the forests of Asia and the Pacific

by K.V. Sankaran and T.A. Suresh

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok 2013


Invasive alien plants constitute a little recognized but very substantial threat to forests in the Asia-Pacific region. Their negative impacts can be widespread. The first step in managing invasive alien plants is to recognize them both those that have stealthily entered our ecosystems and those that have the potential to do so. This book provides the first-ever collation of invasive alien plants threatening the forests of Asia-Pacific. It identifies the native region, current distributions, habitats, threats and damage associated with 111 species of invasive alien plants. Information on uses and methods of management are also provided. Each plant is illustrated with multiple colour photos and a map of its current geographic distribution. This publication can assist countries to investigate current and prospective pathways of invasions and plan ahead.

Table of Contents


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Habitat, description and distribution of invasive alien plants
    Abelmoschus moschatus Madik. to Argemone Mexicana L.

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    Arundo donax L. to Chromolaena odorata (L.) King & H. Rob.

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    Cinnamomum camphora (L.) T. Nees & C. H. Eberm. to
        Hedychium flavescens Carey ex Roscoe

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    Hedychium gardnerianum Sheppard ex Ker Gawl. to
        Miconia calvescens DC.

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    Mikania micrantha Kunth. to Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn.

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    Pueraria montana (Lour.) Merr. var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen &
        S. Almeida. to Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.

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Selected references
Index to distribution of invasive alien plants
Index to synonyms
Index to common names
Appendix Photo credits

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