Knotty problem

Inspired by Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

What could be WRONG with this, lush greenery caught in the sunlight, showing the beauty of leaf and delicate shade of red on the stem?

What is wrong is that it is one of the most invasive species known, Japanese knotweed, and can be seen alongside the road in many places on Block Island. At other places one can still see the local wild vines, bramble, roses and sweet pea, but too many parts of the west side are now uniform, Fallopia japonica, syn. Polygonum cuspidatum, Reynoutria japonica (from wikipedia)

Wikipedia also says: It is a frequent colonizer of temperate riparian ecosystems, roadsides and waste places. It forms thick, dense colonies that completely crowd out any other herbaceous species and is now considered one of the worst invasive exotics in parts of the eastern United States…

and I do not know why wikipedia singles out USA here, as it is just as bad in many other countries also.

This ‘coloniser’ makes me think of other kinds of wrong, particularly those whose way of being apparently cannot bear difference, and who use their strength (economic, military, political, moral) to impose their way of being upon others, as though there was no other culture which had value and no other way of attempting a ‘good life’.

Hurray for beach roses and brambles, even the ‘prickers’. I put some other photos of variety on a previous post, here.


3 thoughts on “Knotty problem

  1. You do pack a punch.

    I know my fav, the rosa rugosa that lines the beach berms along much Maritime Canada is an import gone off the reservation but dang I love it.

    Next up, one of my fav peoples are those of Cuba, am sure most living there would give you a ‘high five’. Enough is enough I think.


  2. You have the Japanese knotweed, we have the Port Jackson, not that the Port Jackson is anything nice to look at – just a big bush with yellow flowers and it spreads like wild fire.


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