Arundo donax L. (ITIS)
Giant reed, Spanish reed
Thought to be native to eastern Asia (Polunin & Huxley 1987)
Early 1800's (Mariani et al. 2010)
Introduced for erosion control (Mariani et al. 2010)
Crowds out native plants species; reduces wildlife habitat; contributes to higher fire frequency and intensity; and modifies river hydrology (Giessow et al. 2011)
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Giessow, J., J. Casanova, R. Leclerc, R. MacArthur, G. Fleming, J. Giessow (Else). 2011. Arundo donax (giant reed): Distribution and Impact Report. Prepared by the California Invasive Plant Council for the State Water Resources Control Board. Agreement No. 06-374-559-0.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Arundo donax. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
Mariani, C., R. Cabrini, A. Danin, P. Piffanelli, A. Fricano, S. Gomarasca, M. Dicandilo, F. Grassi, and C. Soave. 2010. Origin, diffusion and reproduction of the giant reed (Arundo donax L.): a promising weedy energy crop. Annals of Applied Biology 157:191-202.
Polunin, O. and A. Huxley. 1987. Flowers of the Mediterranean. London: Hogarth Press.