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Exotic and Invasive Plants in Canaan Valley
- Grafton, William N., Fortney, Ronald H.
- Southeastern naturalist 2015 v.14 no.sp7 pp. 210-217
- Fabaceae, Helianthus annuus, Poaceae, grasses, introduced plants, invasive species, legumes, stakeholders, wetlands
- The rare plants and unusual wetland communities of Canaan Valley are potentially threatened by establishment of exotic and invasive plants. We consulted various references and assembled a list of 106 invasive and/or exotic plant species that have been found growing in Canaan Valley; the most speciose families are Poaceae (grasses), Fabaceae (legumes), and Asteraceae (sunflowers). We recommend that diverse local stakeholders cooperate to plan and implement a program to prevent the establishment of highly invasive plants in Canaan Valley.