This section of the BNRP is concerned with non-native invasive species within or near BNR Park.  The National Invasive Species Council defines non-native invasive species as “alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.” This includes plants, animals and microorganisms.  Besides the plant species included here, feral hogs, Japanese Beetles, and Chestnut blight fungus are some other introduced species causing alterations in the habitats along the River.

This list is not complete and will be added to with the help of those who use the park.  New introductions, adaptation, and changes in climate will result in other non-native species becoming invasive in natural areas.


 

canadathistle

Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense). Native range: Europe


 

 

 

 

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Chinese and Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensus and W. floribunda) Native Range:  China and Japan


chineseprivet

Chinese Privet and Common Privet (Ligustrum sinense and L. vulgare)  Native Range: China and Europe


 

englishivy

English Ivy (Hedera helix) Native Range: Europe, Western Asia and Africa


 

 

garlicmustard

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)  Native Range: Europe


 

japanesehoneysuckle

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Native Range: Japan and Korea


 

japanesestiltgrass

Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum) Native Range: Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia


 

johnsongrass

Johnson Grass (Sorghum halpence) Native to Mediterranean Region


 

 

kudzu

Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) Native Range: Asia

 


 

multiflorarose

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) Native Range: Japan


 

 

spottedknapweed

Musk Thistle or Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans) Native of Europe


 

periwinkle

Periwinkle, or Myrtle (Vinca major and Vinca minor) Range: Europe, NW Africa, and SW Asia

 


 

silktree

Silk Tree or Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) Native Range: Iran – Japan


 

tallfescue

Tall Fescue (Schendonorus phoenix) Range: Europe and North Africa


 

treeheaven

Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Range: Native to China


 

wineberry

Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) Native Range: Japan, Korea, and China.


 

wingedburningbush

Winged Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) Range: Native to East Asia


 

 

In an effort to catalog invasive plant and animal species found in the Buffalo National River area, we encourage you to submit accounts of invasive species you encounter. To submit  a sighting, please provide the following toBNRPINC@gmail.com:

  • Name of species
  • Date and location of sighting
  • Photograph of specimen

Thanks for your help!