Ugni molinae invaded patches in Robinson Crusoe Island: Are there native and endemic plants able to live within them?
Keywords:invasive species, Juan Fernández, Robinson Crusoe, Ugni molinae, Gaultheria racemulosa, endemic plants
It is unknown if any Juan Fernández native plants may tolerate the aggressive invasion of the introduced shrub Ugni molinae. We found sixteen native species growing within these highly invaded patches. The endemic shrub Gaultheria racemulosa (syn. Pernettya rigida) was the most important species according to vegetation cover in invaded patches, therefore relevant in future control management options.
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