Invasive species, like bufflegrass
, giant reed and salt cedar, crowd out native species and thwart restoration of native plant communities.
californicus in Sonora along transects that sampled both bufflegrass
(Pennisetum ciliare) pastures and native vegetation (Alcala-Galvan and MirandaZarazua, 2012).
At first glance, the area resembles an African savanna, but one marked with invasive species such as mesquite (Prosopis spp.), Indian marsh fleabane (Pluchea indica), and bufflegrass
(Cenchrus ciliaris) dominating the landscape.
One of the worst problems was the accidental spread into the Sonoran Desert, including Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, of African bufflegrass
, doubtless from Texas where the noxious weed was brought in during 1940 for grazing cattle, goats, and sheep.
The canopy species, Texas paloverde (Cercidium texanum) and bufflegrass
(Cenchrus ciliaris), accounted for the largest departures from random for the spatial distribution of bladderpods.
(Pennisetum ciliare), a perennial bunch grass from Africa introduced as cattle feed, has been planted in rangelands in Texas, occupies more than 2 million acres in Sonora, Mexico, and is invading other desert lands in Arizona expansion to the north and into higher elevations has been limited by winter cold.
Analysis of vegetation revealed significant differences (P < 0.05) between species composition at burrows and random sites with American badgers selecting burrows dominated by honey mesquite and bufflegrass
Summer burns following significant precipitation events in northwestern Mexico were found to increase bufflegrass
(Cenchrus ciliaris) productivity (Martin-R et al.