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ended up harming more local wildlife and plant life in the long run due to the intentional introduction becomingbiological pollution. _____________________________________________________________________________________ 7
Biological Pollution Lab Worksheet Species: _____________________________________________________________________________________SILK REEDNATIVE or INVASIVE Physical description A robust stalk plant that can grow up to 10 feet, the stems often branch out and form soft pith. It’s usually mistaken for our nativeReed plants. With what habitat is it typically associated? _____________________________________________________________________________________ 8
Biological Pollution Lab Worksheet _____________________________________________________________________________________ Species: OYSTER PLANTNATIVE or INVASIVE Physical description A small decorative plant that has a violet underside and a blue-ish green top side on its leaves. It’s a ground level plant that is commonly seen as ornamental in many areas in South Florida. With what habitat is it typically associated? •Intentional introduction •Efficient reproduction •Tolerance of a wide range of conditions •Few or no natural enemies in the new ecosystem •Ability to out-compete •Able to colonize disturbed areas Clarify your above response: They’re very good at reproduction, able to spread seeds year round. Native to Central America, the South Florida tropical and sub-tropical climate is ideal for it to thrive. The large popularity of it being a landscaping plant used in beautifying areas coupled with it’s very versatile reproduction methods such as seeds and insects helping its pollination is a big reason as to why it’s a very invasive species. _____________________________________________________________________________________ 9
Biological Pollution Lab Worksheet Species: WEST INDIES MAHOGANYNATIVE or INVASIVE