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Ludwigia peruviana | Invasive plants UPSC Study Notes

 What is Invasive Species?

  • An invasive species is an introduced organism that becomes overpopulated and harms its new environment.

  • Invasive species are capable of causing the extinction of native plants and animals, reducing biodiversity, competing with native organisms for limited resources, and altering habitats.

  • Examples : Cogongrass,Feral pigs,European green crabs,Water hyacinth, lantana camara, Wattle etc.


Ludwigia peruviana

  • Ludwigia peruviana, with the common names Peruvian primrose-willow or Peruvian water primrose, is an aquatic, sometimes deciduous species of flowering plant in the evening primrose family. 

  • It can grow to approximately 12 feet (3.7 m) in height. 

  • While native to Peru, it has been introduced in many other countries for its attractive simple yellow flowers, it is now a common weed in swampy areas around the world

  • The weed has spread rapidly on a large scale.

  • It was most likely introduced as an ornamental plant because of its tiny yellow flowers.

  • The rapid spread of the weed has disrupted the balance of perennial foraging grounds.

  • The growth of grass and native plants that elephants and other animals, including gaur, prefer to eat is limited due to the presence of this weed.

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