Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Invasive Asian Plant Raises alert near Cayuga Inlet

Article by Liz Lawyer posted in the Ithaca Journal-
Ithaca -- It was an unexpected find -- an ordinary-looking water plant growing in a green clump in a small backwater to the Cayuga Inlet.

But staff members detected something unusual about the plant picked up two weeks ago at Cass Park by a student with the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. Though it closely resembles a native species -- elodea -- the plant has some subtle differences that marked it as the invasive Asian plant Hydrilla verticillata... To read the rest of the article please visit the Ithaca Journal site