Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Distribution and impacts of invasive parrot's feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) in China.

Abstract

Invasive plants have caused significant negative ecological and economic impacts throughout the world. Parrot's feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) is an aquatic plant introduced from South America to South Africa, USA, Europe, New Zealand through the aquarium trade. It was recently brought to China where naturalized populations have become widespread. However, there is little information about the status, distribution, and the ecological and economic impacts of parrot's feather which is critical to the Chinese government and environmental managers. We summarized introduction pathway, current distribution, and ecological impacts of parrot's feather by field investigations and literature review. Our study could provide significant references for the management of non-native aquatic plants in China.