Giant Cane

Although it is not native to the flora of the Los Angeles River, the Arundo Donax, or giant cane, has managed to become pervasive throughout the river beds of the Glendale narrows and Elysian valley. Sinking roots almost down to the concrete, the giant cane is damaging the river's riparian ecosystem by depriving native species (such as willows) of water.

Below is a video of Joe Linton, advocate and author of Down by the Los Angeles River and slideshow with educator Alicia Katano, explaining the invasive nature and the origins of Arundo Donax.


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Joe Linton on invasive species.


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