Monster Hybrid Tumbleweed Attacking California

New Species

Giant tumbleweed invasion in New Mexico in 2014; has moved West in to California.

A new invasive species of tumbleweed that can grow up to six feet in height is taking over parts of California—and scientists are warning it could spread even further as climate change makes its growing conditions more favorable.

Salsola ryanii . . . . is a hybrid made up of two other invasive species—Salsola tragus, which is native to Russia and China, and Salsola australis, from Australia and South Africa. . . . . The new species, is however, far bigger and faster growing than its parents, reaching about six feet in height. They can lead to traffic accidents and damage property. Invasive species also cause problems for the agriculture industry and native ecosystems.

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