Reproductive traits that promote invasiveness in Canna cultivars

Sibiya M. S. - School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal.

Biological invasions particularly invasions by invasive alien plants, are a major threat to the biodiversity and economy of South Africa and globally.

Plant invasions cost South Africa approximately R6.5 billion per year to control. Investigating invasive traits in plants can prove valuable in developing control protocols.

Indian shot (Canna) is a genus that is known to be invasive in Southern Africa. However, there is a little data on the invasion biology or pollination of canna.

This study aims at determining the reproductive traits that promote invasiveness in Canna cultivars growing in Howick and Pietermaritzburg.

The reproductive traits of Canna cultivars will be assessed through breeding systems experiments and vegetation reproduction will be assessed through excavating seedling to check root connections between parent and offspring plants.

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