Invasive Plant: Chinaberry Tree
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Invasive Plants

Invasive plants are not native to an environment or ecosystem and also cause harm when introduced. When an invasive plant is introduced, whole ecosystems change drastically. Invasive plants compete with native plants for sunlight, moisture, nutrients, and space. They also grow quickly, and often aggressively, smothering and choking out native species. As a result, native plant species diet out, plant diversity decreases, habitat and ecosystem quality degrades, and wildlife decreases.

Many invasive plants are introduced into environments accidentally. Some are imported with landscape and nursery stock, fruits and vegetables, and other goods and materials. Because invasive plants often produce large quantities of seeds, they can be spread by birds and other animals, and even the wind. Sometimes, even humans can spread invasive plants when they aren't aware or don't realize the dangers.

Help prevent the spread of invasive species in Texas by shopping for native plants and reporting sightings of invasive plants.

Challenge provided by: Fischer Park Nature Education Center
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Start Date: May 16, 2015
Less than 30 minutes icon < 30 minutes Easy icon Easy Outdoor Only icon Outdoor
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This Challenge is for:

  • All Ages
  • Formal Educators
  • Informal Educators
  • Landowners

Challenge Topics:

  • At Home
  • Biodiversity
  • Connecting Children with Nature
  • Conservation/Environmental Education
  • Homeschool
  • iNaturalist

This Challenge is accessible for:

  • People with Visual Impairments
  • People with Hearing Impairments
  • People with Mobility Impairments
  • People with Developmental Impairments
  • People with Sensory Sensitivities

To complete this challenge

Step one

Prevent the Spread of Invasive Plants

You can help prevent the spread of invasive species in Texas! Be smart when you shop for plants - choose natives or other plants that aren't invasive.

Step two

Report Sightings of Invasive Plants

Take a picture, record the location, and report any sightings of invasive plants to Common invasive plants include Bastard Cabbage (Rapisrum rugosum), Chinaberry Tree (Melia azedarach), Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense), Chinese Tallow (Triadica sebifera), Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), Johnson Grass (Sorgham halepense) and Wax-Leaf Privet (Ligustrum japonicum).

Step three

Earn your badge!


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