DIVERSITY, DISTRIBUTION AND THREATS OF INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES IN THE TERRITORY OF THE CITY OF MARIJAMPOLE
Keywords:asiatic dock, black locust, box elder, black cherry, invasive alien plants, Sosnowsky's hogweed
A study on the diversity, distribution and threat of invasive plant species was carried out in the urban areas of Marijampolė. The object of the study - invasive plant species, their occurrence and threat in the territory of Marijampolė city. The aim of the study - to investigate invasive plant species, their distribution and threats in the territory of Marijampolė city. Study objectives: determine the species diversity and distribution of invasive plants; morphometric measurements of invasive plants; develop management plan recommendations for the control and eradication of invasive plants in the study areas. Research methodology - descriptive and exploratory methods of data collection and processing. Results – the following alien plant species were found in the study site - Marijampolė city area: black locust, black cherry, box elder, asiatic dock, Sosnowsky's hogweed. The highest number of occurrences of asiatic dock was 29, while the lowest number of occurrences of black locust and black cherry was 3 each.