Invasive Species of the Month
Chinese Yam (Dioscorea oppositifolia) The Chinese yam is a perennial vine native to Asia. The plant was introduced to the United States in the 1800's as a food source and is highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. Since introduction, the Chinese yam has spread to 16 states, where it suppresses native ecosystems and reduces plant diversity. Despite the aggressive, invasive nature of the Chinese yam, the plant is still widely available as an ornamental. Chinese yam has not yet been found in Michigan; however sightings have been confirmed in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
Invasive Species News
- New Aquatic Invasive Detected in Michigan Responding to reports of possible parrot feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) located in Southeastern Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division staff confirmed the presence of the prohibited species. Following verification and initial site assessment, Wildlife Division staff employed protocols developed through the Early Detection and Rapid Response program to eradicate the infestation and prevent further spread.
- DNR adds to list of unwanted aquatic invasive species
- DNR Responds To New Aquatic Invader
- Michigan's Aquatic Invasive Species Plan Approved