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Invasive of the Week: Oriental Bittersweet

Last year we reported on oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), a uniquely noxious invasive woody vine. Today we’re bringing it back for another look, with some ID tips and other details. Oriental bittersweet is found in many different habitats. To...

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Invasive of the Week: Garden Valerian

By Katie StannardAfter some initial research, valerian might seem like a friendly herbal plant with an extensive history of traditional medicinal uses. And it is. And sometimes, it’s not. It’s all about location: when a plant roots outside of its native...

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Things with Wings: Six-Legged Shape-Shifters

By Joseph MooneyOur final Things with Wings focuses on metamorphosis—basically Greek for “change shape.” Many insects undergo metamorphosis. There are two kinds of metamorphosis: complete and incomplete. Monarch butterflies, for example, completely...

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Invasive of the Week: Black Locust

By Katie Stannard Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), also called false acacia or yellow locust, is one of the most difficult invasive trees to eradicate. Belonging to the Fabaceae or pea family, it is endemic to the southeastern United...

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