Systems Affected (standardized):
Regions(s) present (updated by AB):
can form dense masses of vines that cover and kill native vegetation, including trees, within a variety of moist, disturbed habitats.
Source? likely to be reintroduced:
Grown as a food source?
Fast growing and has the ability to rapidly invade pristine habitats, especially riparian corridors. A prolific rate of asexual reproduction via bulbils. It lowers native species richness and abundance by outcompeting and eliminating native plant species, thickly blanketing all adjacent vegetation, and competitively excluding light. It may also weight-down and break branches of large trees and shrubs. Introduced as a possible food sources. Presently cultivated for medicinal use.
Native Regions in OK:
Current and past designations:
Present in OK?
Present in Bordering States?
KS, MO, AR, LA
Has Legal Status in BS?