Issue 2, April 25, 2016

Invasive Plant Phenology Report - April 2016

The University of Illinois Extension Forestry produces a monthly invasive plant phenology report that gives information on the development of invasive plants across Illinois, informing readers about what is in bloom, leafing out, setting seed, senescing in different regions of the state.

Feel free to add to the knowledge by letting us know what the invasive plants are doing in your area by commenting on this post.

Compiled by Christopher Evans, Extension Forestry and Research Specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, this University of Illinois Extension Technical Forestry Bulletin series provides monthly reports on the development of invasive plant species in Illinois. Reports are summarized by region and produced from field observations collected between the 8th and 14th of each month.

Garlic mustard is in full flower in southern Illinois. Photo: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA.

Lesser celandine (aka fig buttercup) is in full bloom in northern Illinois. Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, University of Connecticut

Phenology is the study of seasonal natural phenomena. This observational project tracks the phenology of invasive plant species in Illinois throughout the growing season, noting when plants initiate growth, start flowering, ripen seeds, become dormant, etc. Data on the phenology of invasive plants is critical information for the development of effective management programs.
The report can be read in its entirety here: (Kelly Estes)

Kelly Estes

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