Thursday, August 17, 2006
Update to "Knotweed for Sale" Saga
There is an update to the story of "The banned Japanese knotweed for sale in a Massachusetts Home Depot" here.
Just a reminder that effective invasive species outreach needs to include full scientific and common name synonymy for any organism being used, grown, or kept by the public. "Don't plant Polygonum cuspidatum" is not going to stop the average person from buying the same species if it is labeled "Fallopia japonica (Apparently it's not going to stop the average nursery worker from selling it either). Read on...
Labels: Japanese knotweed, plants
Grr. Another tangle of mixed nomenclature. This happens *all the time,* even with things on the Federal Noxious Weed list. I have found Asian Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) for sale in two different stores here that cater to Asian shoppers. It comes in labeled "Ong Choy" and nobody bats an eye. It has dozens of common names--including kankung, swamp spinach, swamp cabbage, and swamp morning-glory-- and no one in imports ever knows more than one. It's widely available online as well..
Ah, Connecticut, the land of steady habits, and woefully behind the curve on dealing with horticultural invasive still in the trade. Mass is a paragon of efficiency and swift action compared to we poor Nutmeggers...
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