Common Buckthorn (rhamnus cathartica)
This week's featured invasive species is common buckthorn. It is most often found in woodlands and open fields, but can grow in a variety of conditions and locations. Buckthorn spreads very easily, as its fruit are a favourite snack of birds and animals who carry it from one location to another. Here are some fast facts about the species:
An invasive species is a species that has been introduced to a new area (either on purpose or accidentally) where it is not considered native and is a threat to our ecosystems for several reasons. These species are highly adaptable, have few to no predators, can reproduce quickly, thrive in disturbed ecosystems and perhaps most damaging, they out-compete native species for habitat and food. This week's featured invasive species is wild parsnip (pastinaca sativa). Here are some fast facts about the plant:
Did you know that Ontario has more invasive species than any other province in Canada? In fact, there are 441 invasive plant species in Ontario alone. They pose a threat to our economy, our environment and can even impede our recreational activities. Over the next few weeks, Plenty Canada will be profiling a new invasive species each week that is specifically affecting Lanark and the surrounding area to help spread awareness about this issue.