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Topic: The Nature Conservancy

A ghoulish monster: the hybrid cattail

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 in Nature

By Stuart Orr What plant do you picture when you think of wetlands? It’s likely that you picture cattails with their long green leaves and brown cylindrical flower spikes. Unfortunately, most of the cattails you see in wetlands and ditches today are an aggressive species that is rapidly choking out important habitat for native plants … Continued

The bitter truth about bittersweet

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 in Nature

American Bittersweet photo by R. W. Smith By Stuart Orr Invasive species are seemingly everywhere—our forests, prairies and rivers—but in our decorative wreaths?  Unfortunately, yes. Bittersweet vines have long been used as fall and winter decorations.  Originally, the American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) was used, but increasingly the non-native, invasive Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is being … Continued

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