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Article: Love for Lemongrass: Invasive Species

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chrisp000
Ipswich
United Kingdom

April 26, 2010
11:13 AM

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Lemon grass is not generally invasive. However, in some climates and conditions it is disasterously invasive. In the Caribbean island of Antigua, lemon grass, Cymbopogon citratus, was introduced in the last century. It has now devastated aroud 2,000 acres of countryside. Climate is something to do with it, but the biggest problem is that it is highly flamable because of the oils in it and when fires occur, it is about the only species able to recover - hence you see previously beautifully biodiverse forested hillsides covered in this grass and nothing else - completely useless for agriculture or as wilderness area. So this may not be a problem for most people, but in dry areas, do take care.
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2010
2:45 PM

Post #7739579

Wow, great information Chris. Thanks for sharing. I have travelled to several Caribbean Islands but never Antigua.

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