Invasive Species: Kudzu

Wanted for crimes against plant life By Hamza Farah

Backstory

Kudzu is an invasive species, which means it is not naturally found in a habitat making it have no natural predators and is dangerous to the inhabitants of the habitat. Also known as Pueraria Montana.

Identifying Characteristics

  • Woody, somewhat hairy vine
  • Flowers are purple and fragrant
  • Quite large
  • Grows quickly

Last Seen

  • Kudzu native to China and Japan
  • Found mostly in southern USA
  • In Canada found on a hillside in Leamington, Ontario

First Offence

  • It was discovered in Canada in 2009
  • Spread from America from 1867

Known Accomplices

  • Transported to North America by humans
  • Originally used to landscape a garden in Philadelphia in 1876
  • Used to help soil and spread rapidly across USA

Crimes Commited

  • Cuts off nutrient supplies
  • Weighs down trees and shrubs
  • Causes heavy shade, preventing photosynthesis

Attempts at Capture

  • They made a hotline to alert them
  • They make us aware of them through websites so we can call in

Reward

If captured we offer $1,000,000. The kudzu vine causes wreckage that the government needs to pay to remove, and it destroys edible plants and trees that provide resources.

Kudzu is your responsibility too.

THE KUDZU VINE IS A MENACE

Bibliography










  • The Nature Conservancy. (2016). Explore Kudzu. Retrieved May 18, 2016 from

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/habitats/forests/explore/kudzu.xml