Bio-Morphological Characters of Alien Legume Species, Influencing Their Invasion in Natural Plant Communities

Author(s): Yulia Vinogradova

Abstract
Five alien legume species, actively invading in natural plant communities in European part of Russia, were studied—Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl., Galega orientalis Lam., Robinia pseudoacacia L., Amorpha fruticosa L. and Caragana arborescens L. Distribution ranges (considering their invasive status) were mapped. Not a single bio-morphological character to forecast invasion success in natural plant communities within secondary distribution range was found. The data of key value/importance for explaining invasive success of the species studied were obtained. Two hypotheses—Propagule Pressure and Evolution of Invasiveness—were critically analyzed in view of the received data.

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Journal: American Journal of Plant Sciences
DOI: 10.4236/ajps.2016.716209 (PDF)
Paper Id: 72345

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