Exotic Grasses Potentially Slow Invasion of an N-fixing Tree into a Hawaiian Woodland

  title={Exotic Grasses Potentially Slow Invasion of an N-fixing Tree into a Hawaiian Woodland},
  author={Carla M. D'Antonio and Michelle K Mack},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
This paper examines the effect of an abundant non-native species, Schizachyrium condensatum, on establishment of a later arriving, but very potent invader, Myrica faya, in a seasonally dry forest on the island of Hawaii. Using a replicated removal experiment, we determined that S. condensatum, a perennial C4 grass, reduced recruitment of M. faya, an N-fixing tree species. Recruitment of Myrica was 90% higher in S. condensatum removal plots compared to controls. We believe that because S… CONTINUE READING

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