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What are invasive plants?

Invasive plants are non-native, typically exotic plants that thrive when introduced into areas where they have no predators or disease control. They quickly reproduce and grow unchecked, crowding out native species that use the same habitat. Some examples of invasive plants in Texas include the Chinaberry tree, running bamboo, and kudzu vine.

Invasive water plants have a direct impact on Texas lakes.  Plants such as giant salvinia, a floating plant native to Brazil, are especially harmful as it grows quickly and can blanket entire lakes. This growth affects Texas fish by replacing native plants that serve as food and blocking sunlight resulting in a decrease of oxygen concentration in water.  Other invasive water plants in Texas include hydrilla, water hyacinth, alligator weed, and water lettuce.

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