Morphological characterization of four invasive species of Solanaceae in the southern region of Saudi Arabia
Manal A Alshaqhaa, Mona S Al wahibi, Hussein M Migdadi, Dina A Soliman
After locale loss due to human activities, invasive plants are considered the second greatest threat to plant diversity. Invasive species pose a threat to plant diversity hotspots and islands, as well as farmlands, woodlands, forests, grasslands, and populated areas. They endanger native biodiversity at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels. Agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, transportation, recreation, and construction activities all encourage the intentional and unintentional spread of species across their natural boundaries. Trade and travel have increased dramatically over the last centuries, particularly in the last few decades, resulting in an acceleration of the introduction of alien species. An average of two species were found in many of Saudi Arabia's most troublesome habitats in the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia, where the presence of invasive species was significant. The presence of aggressive or unfamiliar plants was defined in the southwestern region. A total of 37 strange florae have been reported from various locales in the southwest. Among these species that are likely to harm biodiversity or change ecosystems in general are the Solanaceae species Datura innoxia, Datura stramonium, Nicotiana glauca, and Withania somnifera, which are widespread in Southern Saudi Arabia.
Manal A Alshaqhaa, Mona S Al wahibi, Hussein M Migdadi, Dina A Soliman. Morphological characterization of four invasive species of Solanaceae in the southern region of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Botany Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 330-336