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Common name
Nothoholcus lanatus
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Holcus lanatus is an herbaceous perennial originating from Europe. It is a common weed of crops and pasture. Introduced to many regions of the world, it is invasive in some. In Hawaii, it is naturalized in pastures, grasslands, shrublands and roadsides at altitudes from 760m to 3250m. It limits the installation and development of native plants. It is also one of the most invasive grasses on the island of La Réunion where it can form dense monospecific thickets which exclude native species.

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Compiler: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)


Publication date: 2010-08-16

Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2024) Species profile: Holcus lanatus. Downloaded from http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/speciesname/Holcus+lanatus on 20-04-2024.

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Informations on Holcus lanatus has been recorded for the following locations. Click on the name for additional informations.
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7 references found for Holcus lanatus

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IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)., 2010. A Compilation of Information Sources for Conservation Managers.
Summary: This compilation of information sources can be sorted on keywords for example: Baits & Lures, Non Target Species, Eradication, Monitoring, Risk Assessment, Weeds, Herbicides etc. This compilation is at present in Excel format, this will be web-enabled as a searchable database shortly. This version of the database has been developed by the IUCN SSC ISSG as part of an Overseas Territories Environmental Programme funded project XOT603 in partnership with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment. The compilation is a work under progress, the ISSG will manage, maintain and enhance the database with current and newly published information, reports, journal articles etc.
Varnham, K. 2006. Non-native species in UK Overseas Territories: a review. JNCC Report 372. Peterborough: United Kingdom.
Summary: This database compiles information on alien species from British Overseas Territories.
Available from: http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-3660 [Accessed 10 November 2009]
General information
Conservatoire Botanique National De Mascarin (BOULLET V. coord.) 2007. - Holcus lanatus. Index de la flore vasculaire de la R�union (Trach�ophytes) : statuts, menaces et protections. - Version 2007.1
Summary: Base de donn�es sur la flore de la R�union. De nombreuses informations tr�s utiles.
Available from: http://flore.cbnm.org/index2.php?page=taxon&num=125c0e943c73bb8a0840ab524fdcbd08 [Accessed 7 April 2008]
Frenot, Y., Gloaguen, J., Mass�, L., & Lebouvier, M. 2001. Human activities, ecosystem disturbance and plant invasions in subantarctic Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam Islands. Biological Conservation, 101, 33-50.
Summary: Cette article propose une liste des plantes exotiques pour 3 des �les subantarctiques fran�aises. Le r�le pass� et pr�sent des activit�s humaines dans les ph�nom�nes d invasions est discut�.
ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System), 2008. Online Database Holcus lanatus L.
Summary: An online database that provides taxonomic information, common names, synonyms and geographical jurisdiction of a species. In addition links are provided to retrieve biological records and collection information from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Data Portal and bioscience articles from BioOne journals.
Available from: http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=41773 [Accessed 18 March 2008]
Kueffer, C. & Lavergne, C. 2004. Case studies on the status of invasive woody plant species in the Western Indian Ocean. R�union. FAO. 36 p
Summary: Available from: http://www.fao.org/forestry/webview/media?mediaId=6842&langId=2 [Accessed 26 March 2008]
PIER (Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk), 2007. Holcus lanatus.
Summary: Available from: http://www.hear.org/pier/species/holcus_lanatus.htm [Accessed 7 April 2008]
The following 2 contacts offer information an advice on Holcus lanatus
Geographic region: Antarctic
Ecosystem: Terrestrial
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
UMR 6553 Ecobio, CNRS - Universit� de Rennes 1 Station Biologique 35380 Paimpont
Geographic region: Pacific, Indian Ocean
Ecosystem: Terrestrial
Expert in the botany of French Polynesia and the Pacific Islands, and has worked on ecology and biological control of Miconia calvescens in French Polynesia.
D�l�gation � la Recherche
D�l�gation � la Recherche, Gouvernement de Polyn�sie fran�aise. B.P. 20981, 98713 Papeete, Tahiti, Polyn�sie fran�aise
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Recommended citation
(2024). Holcus lanatus. IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT).