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Dan Guerra 10/10/10 Article: Of Asian Forests and European Fields I found this article really got me thinking about the plants that I come in contact with everyday. According to the findings in the article, “44% of invasive flora is found by roadsides”. It is interesting to learn what a common invasive species is and what its origins are: “The typical alien vascular plant of the Eastern Deciduous Forest biome of the Eastern U.S. is a European forb, either from the Circumboreal northern and central regions of Europe or the southern Mediterranean region. The clear European bias in non- native plants has been documented in many global floras by plant biogeographers [6,7,29] and ecological historians [30,31] and is referred to as the Imperialist Dogma [30].” Having just recently studied the subject of imperialism I found the use of the term in relation to plants, amusing: “Alien species are typically European, the invasive flora is better described as Eurasian and is nearly as likely to come from central and east Asia as
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