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Kudzu is a useful fodder crop for livestock as well as an attractive ornamental. Very few wildlife species use Kudzu. Invasive species are one of the leading causes of Biodiversity loss due to there negative effects that they have on other species. Kudzu is a highly aggressive, invasive plant that is extremely difficult to control once established. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). Pennsylvania State University. Up close, kudzu might at first be confused with a vigorous poison ivy plant. I love both states, and i have seen the kudzu plan in the woods in arkansas at my church camp in AR. Its introduction has produced devastating environmental consequences. Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada). Kudzu is so aggressive it covers and smothers all other plants in its path and eliminates native species. Kudzu is so aggressive it covers and smothers all other plants in its path and eliminates native species. For Earth Day 2016, it is fitting to discuss invasive species, as they are part of environmental issues as well. Very few wildlife species use Kudzu. Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep (ITIS), Introduced as an ornamental and for erosion control (Everest et al. | Kudzu leaves, flowers and roots can be eaten. Kudzu: Where did it come from? Kudzu is a perennial invasive vine that was introduced in the United States from Asia in 1876. Description Kudzu is a perennial, trailing or climbing vine of the legume family. It is native to eastern Asia and was first brought to the United States in 1876 for a Centennial exhibition, and later promoted as a forage crop and planted widely along highways for erosion control. This climbing, coiling, and trailing vine is native to southern Japan and southeast China. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar. ANR-65. Edible? Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Climate change puts a lot of stress on native species. Kudzu, Pueraria montana , smothers all other vegetation around, including tall trees. Over time, these effects of habitat loss can lead to species extinctions and a loss of overall biodiversity. IFAS. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The root should be cooked. Dark green leaves, starchy fibrous roots, and elongated purple flowers with a fragrance reminiscent of … Invasive Species - (Pueraria montana var. European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. lobate) Watch List Kudzu is a vine that extends 32-100 feet, with up to 30 vines per plant. Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board. Kudzu is an invasive species that is native to Japan and southeast China. Work alongside TNC staff, partners and other volunteers to care for nature, and discover unique events, tours and activities across the country. Kudzu is extremely bad for the ecosystems that it invades because it smothers other plants and trees under a blanket of leaves, hogging all the sunlight and keeping other species in … Invasive Plants:Weeds of the … Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Unfortu-nately, with root systems that can be up to 12 feet Kudzu, Pueraria lobata, is a vine native to Asia, specifically parts of Japan and Southeast Asia. [1] This has earned it the nickname "the vine that ate the South". Kudzu is so aggressive it covers and smothers all other plants in its path resulting in solid stands that can eliminate native species. Background. Kudzu is a useful fodder crop for livestock as well as an attractive ornamental. YouTube; United States Department of Agriculture. Habitat: Kudzu is commonly found in disturbed areas such as roadsides, and prefers sandy areas with mild winters and hot summers. It can grow up to a foot a day, eventually reaching a hundred feet tall, and has tuberous roots and dark brown, rope-like, hairy stems. lobata is a climbing, deciduous vine capable of reaching lengths of over 100 ft. (30.5 m) in a single season. Kudzu roots are fleshy, with massive tap roots 7 inches or more in diameter, 6 feet or more in length, and weighing as much as 400 pounds. Explore the latest thinking from our experts on some of the most significant challenges we face today, including climate change, food and water security, and city growth. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Kudzu (Pueraria montana) is a semi-woody, trailing or climbing, perennial invasive vine native to China, Japan, and the Indian subcontinent. 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