Will Alien species of plants eventually make themselves part of an ecosystem?



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    This of course depends on the species of plant and the area in which it begins to grow. If other plants outcompete it (take more nutrients or sunlight or water) the alien plant will likely not become established. However, if conditions are right and there are not herbivores to feed on it (or if a disease does not hit) then the alien plant will likely become established and reproduce. Examples include purple loosestrife along the Great Lakes and kudzu in the southeast. If the plant is particular aggressive it may become invasive and even kill off native species.

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