English Ivy as invasive species
English ivy, scientifically known as Hedera Helix is a vines plant that is most used for landscaping in USA. The plant was presumably initially brought into the United States by early European pilgrims for decorative purposes (Restoration). It keeps on being a prevalent ground cover and vine due to its quick development, evergreen leaves, pest-free and fresh healthy nature.
The plant grows in Europe, northern Africa and Western Asia. It has today been established in East, South and West coast of the United States of America. The plant grows heavily in woodlands, forest ends open fields and coastal areas. Though it can do well in both acidic and alkaline soils, the plant does not flourish in extremely marshy areas.
In view of preparatory animal studies, English ivy leaf concentrate is said to have anti-mutagenic (anticancer) and cell reinforcement or antioxidant properties. Furthermore, it might likewise be valuable for kids with Asthma or grown-ups with ceaseless obstructive aspiratory sickness (T. Bryson).
English Ivy occurs in two different forms namely juvenile and mature plants. The juvenile stage of the plant has shallow fibrous roots stemming directly from the stem that stands to different conditions such as tree cover or rocky environment. Mature English Ivy, on the other hand, has pointed oval formed leaves, and it does well mostly in sunny areas. It has a woody stem and produces flowers and berries that are eaten by birds.
The plant and other invasive species makes plants and animal extinction from the face of the earth. English Ivy plants climb on trees and chocks them of sunlight that is essential for photosynthesis and consequential death (T. Bryson).
English Ivy plants are feasting in a forest causes shift in the natural succession pattern. Threes ridden with English Ivy plants have large surface area and, therefore easily fall or broken in case of high winds and water or ice. This will eventually cause the trees in a forest invested with the Ivy plant to wither, and all that remain is shrubs and masses of English Ivy.
Restoration, Walama. 'English Ivy: The Hazards and Removal Strategies'. Walamarestoration.org. N.p., 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.
T. Bryson, Charles. Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania. 1st ed. Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.