Fire and Invasive Plant Interactions
Aerial view of a person igniting a prescribed fire along a fire line. Closer to the camera there are flames and dark smoke, and farther away there is only white smoke, rising away from the fireline, with a few trees poking up through it..
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land management
invasive species
prescribed fire
Cogon grass
Imperata cylindrica
Triadica sebifera
Chinese tallow
Lygodium japonicum
Japanese climbing fern
Lygodium microphyllum
Old world climbing fern


How to Cite

Stone, Deb, and Michael Andreu. 2022. “Fire and Invasive Plant Interactions: FOR386/FR457, 9/2022”. EDIS 2022 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Prescribed fire and invasive species are two common land management concerns in Florida; therefore it is important that land managers have a solid understanding of their interactions and how they affect the surrounding ecosystems. These interactions can be roughly categorized into two groups: the effects of the invasive plant on the fire regime and the impacts of fire on the invasive plant or other flora. For this review we chose four invasive species in the southeastern United States that cover a range of interactions with fire: Cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica), Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera), old world climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), and Japanese climbing fern (L. japonicum). This publication details basic information on each species, what is known about how it interacts with fire, and synthesizes this knowledge into concrete management recommendations.
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