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UK bans import of annoying alien plants

Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 13:50
by Whitemane
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21232108

Specifically:
  • water fern,
  • parrot's feather,
  • floating pennywort,
  • water primrose and
  • Australian swamp stonecrop.

Re: UK bans import of annoying alien plants

Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 19:37
by Corwen
Sadly they have banned these many years too late.

Re: UK bans import of annoying alien plants

Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 22:34
by Aphritha
Upon reading the heading, I got a picture in my head of green men beaming down with flowers in their hands...
Yes I know, its not the point...apologies for my overactive imagination. :UFO:

Re: UK bans import of annoying alien plants

Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:20
by Xenastrah
I am glad to hear and read this. I was surprised to read that Floating Pennywort can grow up to 8 inches a day! :boggle: That in itself shocked me! I hope that they are able to turn this around and it isn't too late.

Re: UK bans import of annoying alien plants

Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 12:55
by Corwen
It is much too late, these plants were known to be a problem more than 10 years ago, but like the Ash trees our government values trade so much over nature that only when total disater has already happened will they do anything which restricts trade. Whole sections of the canal network in particular are choked by water fern.