Incised Fumewort in Westchester County: Early Detection and Rapid Response

Daniel Atha and Jessica Arcate Schuler

The New York Botanical Garden has been awarded funds by the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management to document the spread of an invasive plant, Incised Fumewort (Corydalis incisa), along the Bronx River in Westchester County, from Yonkers to Valhalla. This newly emerging invasive is highly aggressive, is dispersing rapidly, and has the potential to become a serious pest in gardens, forests, and wetlands in the region. NYBG, in partnership with the Westchester County Parks Department and iMapInvasives, an online mapping system, will systematically sample the length of the river, documenting the plant where it occurs, and share the results with local communities, natural resource managers, and policy makers, enabling them to make rapid and strategic decisions to manage this invasive species. The project will be completed in 2016.

More information:

NYBG Science Talk Blog Post: Detecting an invasive plant before it's too late
NYBG Press Release: NYBG experts lead effort to document and eradicate an emerging invasive species
NYBG Libguides: Emerging invasive: Corydalis incisa
Journal Article in Phytoneuron: Corydalis incisa (Fumariaceae) in Bronx and Westchester Counties, New York