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Categories: Environment

In Sri Lanka, beguiling bloom of cat’s claw vine conceals potential trouble (commentary)

– A beautiful creeper known as the cat’s claw vine has become something of a springtime attraction in Sri Lanka, but its explosive growth could turn it into an invasive species.- The exotic species, introduced as an ornamental plant from the New World, can grow up to 30 meters (98 feet), enabling it to reach even the canopies of tall trees, posing huge problems to host trees and smothering smaller plants.- Other countries around the world, including the U.S., have categorized it as an invasive alien species — something Sri Lanka may have to consider once the plant begins to pose a threat to the native vegetation.- This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay.