Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The use and abuse of introducing honey plants.

Abstract

The introduction into new habitats of species such as Prosopis juliflora [see previous abstract] is discussed, and attention is drawn to some potential hazards of this practice. The introduced species may achieve such rapid growth and dispersal that it attains pest status. Introduced species may also attract native pollinators away from the native flora. It is suggested that local plants (e.g. in Kenya, Acacia and Ziziphus species) would serve most purposes equally well, but that if it is necessary to use introduced species then these must be checked for growth characteristics, genetic relationships with native species, toxicity to man and animals, and host-disease relationships.newline˜D.G. Lowe.