Although sawgrass may be more than 9 feet tall, introduced Australian melaleuca trees
are typically 70 feet tall and outcompete marsh plants for sunlight.
An industrious, sap-sucking insect may help halt the unwanted spread of melaleuca trees
in South Florida's famed Everglades.
A mature melaleuca tree
produces millions of brownish-black seeds every year, each about the size of a pepper grain.
Biologists spent Thursday morning slowly scanning grasses winding through spindly skeletons of melaleuca trees
that have been poisoned and burned to keep the invasive plants from spreading in the Everglades.
In the 1940s, the Corps of Engineers planted what it believed were harmless Melaleuca trees
in and around the campus of the operation.
The number of species and individuals of insects was lower on the sunny side of the Australian Melaleuca trees
(Richardson et al.
In the 1940s, the Corps of Engineers planted what they believed were harmless Melaleuca trees
in and around the campus of the present-day Pennsuco plant.
Here it's a weed, one of Australia's worst, an invasive species bullying the marshy ecosystems of Queensland by growing so fast, tall, and thick, it's driving out beloved natives like melaleuca trees
. I spent the better part of four years filming in the Everglades, including pond apples and the bullying done to them by invading Australian melaleuca trees
growing faster, taller, and thicker than Florida's beloved native pond apples.
A grove of melaleuca trees
lined the left hand side of the fairway.
Allspice and the leaves of the melaleuca trees
offer bees other ingredients in the faux-orchid scent, the researchers reported in the August 2006 Ecology.
, an Australian import, clog portions of the Everglades.