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Invasive Species of Deer Lake Emily Doan 34433136 Himalayan Blackberry ( Rubus discolor) The Himalayan blackberry, found abundantly around the edges of Deer Lake, is an invasive species of Armenian and Iranian origin. It bears a large, berry-like fruit that is sweet and edible for humans, and for this reason it was introduced into North America in 1885. It reproduces quickly and easily, and is able to grow from leftover roots and cut stems as well as by the spread of its seed by animals who eat their fruit. Furthermore, because Himalayan blackberries are still consumed by humans (many people go berry- picking around Deer Lake in the fall) it is common for people to replant stems at a convenient location for future harvest. The Himalayan blackberry often grows several meters tall and shades the ground, preventing shade-intolerant native plants from growing underneath. Its root establishment is not as deep as native plants, allowing for soil erosion over time and changing the entire landscape. Control efforts
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  • Fall '13
  • Carroll
  • BlackBerry, Deer Lake

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