Arundo donax (giant reed, giant cane) is a non-native invasive plant that is found in most riparian systems in southern California. It resembles bamboo and can form solid stands that are very dense. It is originally from Asia and was probably introduced in the 1800s. Since then it has spread to become one of the most problematic non-native plants in southern California. Arundo provides few resources for native fauna, crowds out native vegetation, and is both a fire and flood hazard.
Presentation to Team Arundo in L.A. on 2/20/02 on mapping, control, biomass removal, and native replanting. As a Word document:Part 1 of 2 (1,228KB), Part 2 of 2 (1,001KB); OR as PDF files:Part 1 (596KB), Part 2 (420KB).