Tuesday, July 30, 2013

UPDATE! Mile-A-Minute Invasive Vine Spotted in Glastonbury

UPDATE: On August 14th members of GPIP, the Conservation Commission, and the Town Environmental Planner joined Logan Senack at the Great Pond Preserve in South Glastonbury, where we did in fact find mile-a-minute vine. It has also been spotted on private property off Old Maids Lane.

Logan Senack, CT Invasive Plant Coordinator at the UCONN Department of Plant Science, reports that there have been two confirmed locations in Glastonbury with infestations of "mile-a-minute" vine. This is an extremely invasive vine that originated in Asia and was first reported growing in the wild in Pennsylvania in the 1930's. It has been creeping its way northward ever since.

This vine grows extremely rapidly, as the name implies. It will quickly cover native plants, depriving them of light and killing them.

Mile-A-Minute (MAM) vine. Note triangular leaf and distinctive round ocrea where the main
leaves attach to the vine. The vine also has small thorns. These 3 characteristics (triangular
leaf, existence of ocrea, and thorns on the vine are the identifiers of mile-a-minute vine.
(Renee Sullivan photo)

Detailed information on how to identify the plant is at the following: Mile-A-Minute Species Identification Page.
The Connecticut Invasive Plants Working Group (CIPWG) Fact Sheet provides further information.

A mile-a-minute web site has also been established which provides detailed information on spotting the vine and how to report it if you see it: CT Mile-A-Minute Vine Web Site

Here is a link directly to the Early Detection Reporting Form

Together we can work to limit the damage potential of invasive plants in our town!