Contact: Whitney Heins
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Caption: This picture features a classic novel ecosystem. The ground cover is cogon grass, a highly invasive Asian grass that is one of the South's worst and fastest-growing weed problems. The trees in this forest are most native loblolly pine. The picture was taken recently on the flood plain of the Pascagoula River in Mississippi.
Credit: Andre Clewell
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