Author: Waitt, Damon
Organization: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Address: 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX, 78739
Abstract Title: THE TEXAS INVASIVE PLANT INVENTORY AND EFFORTS TO ADD PLANT SPECIES TO TDA'S NOXIOUS AND INVASIVE PLANT LIST. Damon E. Waitt, Ph.D.* Senior Director and Botanist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Abstract Text: The Texas Invasive Plant Inventory categorizes non-native invasive plants that threaten the state's wildlands. Categorization is based on a species assessment by ranking each plant's level of threat to the ecological health of wildlands through evaluation of its ecological impact, ability to invade natural vegetation communities, and current extent of its invasion. Evaluators use an associated Plant Assessment Form to score species using the criteria and to document supporting evidence. To date, twenty-nine species have been assessed in the Texas Invasive Plant Inventory and five species have been submitted to the Texas Department of Agriculture for inclusion on the state's Noxious and Invasive Plants list including Lygodium japonicum (Japanese Climbing Fern), Melia azedarach (Chinaberry), lmperata cylindrica (Cogongrass), Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo) and Rapistrum rugosum (Bastard Cabbage). Of the five submitted, only Japanese Climbing Fern and Chinaberry were approved to be listed.
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Presenter Type (Student or Regular): Regular
Session: 1. Leadership and Coordination
Submission Date: 2014-01-17