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Water hyacinth UPSC NOTE

 Water hyacinth

  • The water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is a beautiful but invasive aquatic plant native to tropical and subtropical South America

  • It is known for its glossy green leaves, attractive purple flowers, and rapid growth rate.

  • Water hyacinths can reproduce vegetatively at a very fast rate, doubling their population size in as little as two weeks. 

  • This rapid growth can quickly form dense mats that cover the water surface, blocking sunlight and hindering the growth of other aquatic plants.

  • When water hyacinths die and decompose, they use up oxygen in the water

  • This can lead to oxygen depletion, which can harm fish and other aquatic life

What is Invasive Species?

  • An invasive species is an organism that is not indigenous, or native, to a particular area

  • Invasive species can cause great economic and environmental harm to the new area

  • Many invasive species thrive because they outcompete native species for food

  • Many epidemics and pandemics have been driven by pathogens, hosts and vectors invading new areas (mosquitos, rats etc.)



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Water hyacinth UPSC NOTE
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