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.
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense). Native range: Europe
Chinese and Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensus and W. floribunda) Native Range: China and Japan
Chinese Privet and Common Privet (Ligustrum sinense and L. vulgare) Native Range: China and Europe
English Ivy (Hedera helix) Native Range: Europe, Western Asia and Africa
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Native Range: Europe
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Native Range: Japan and Korea
Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum) Native Range: Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia
Johnson Grass (Sorghum halpence) Native to Mediterranean Region
Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) Native Range: Asia
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) Native Range: Japan
Musk Thistle or Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans) Native of Europe
Periwinkle, or Myrtle (Vinca major and Vinca minor) Range: Europe, NW Africa, and SW Asia
Silk Tree or Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) Native Range: Iran – Japan
Tall Fescue (Schendonorus phoenix) Range: Europe and North Africa
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Range: Native to China
Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) Native Range: Japan, Korea, and China.
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!