Checklist of invasive and food related plants in Katipunan, Arakan, North Cotabato

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Checklist of invasive and food related plants in Katipunan, Arakan, North Cotabato

Geonyzl L. Alviola
J. Bio. Env. Sci.11( 5), 92-97, November 2017.
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Abstract

Invasive plants were mostly considered as non-native species that had a high competing ability against the  native plant species  in the   country and they  become one problem in our ecosystem, especially in our protected areas. This study aimed to survey the invasive plants and forest forage plants found in Katipunan, Arakan. A simple transect methods were employed started from the low elevation to higher elevation. Six families were identified namely: Araceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Piperaceae, Poaceae and Verbenaceae which some members were considered invasive. Also five families from the  Trachaeophyta and  one family in Pteridophyta that were food related forest plants  or  forest  forage  plants, namely: Araceae, Arecaceae, Pandanaceae, Rosaceae, Zingiberaceae and one belonging from Pteridophyta the  Marattiaceae. Most invasive plants were characterized as high adaptive to new environments and high reproductive ability. Aside from that having specialized stems like in Colocasia esculenta, allows them to propagate so fast asexually in different  habitat  types. Urbanization and high anthropogenic activities were high contributing factor for the increasing population of invasive species. But looking in to its potential usage of these plants may be a potential solution as to control their population.

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