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Lianas as invasive species in North America

October 18, 2014

Liana diversity is typically low in the temperate zones; however, the influx of non-native invasive liana species in North America has increased local diversity at the expense of native habitats and species. Some of the most illustrative studies of invasive lianas in temperate North America compared the biological traits of invasive lianas with native congeners or ecological analogs. The majority of these studies focused on two species, Celastrus orbiculatus (oriental bittersweet) and Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle). Temperate zone lianas generally have higher photosynthetic rates than other early successional species and their host trees. Invasive lianas are having an increasing impact on the dynamics and trajectories of North American plant communities. They often exhibit superior growth and survival compared to their native counterparts, and in some cases, invasive lianas may directly contribute to the decline of their native correlates.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Lianas as invasive species in North America
DOI 10.1002/9781118392409.ch28
Authors Stacey A. Leicht-Young, Noel B. Pavlovic
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70140103
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center