Here in Southwest Michigan, I watched the “weather” forecasts for 21 March 2012 (according to the Android App “News and Weather”) for the week leading up to 21 March. This is how the high temperature forecast progressed:
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Say hello to a disturbing invasive species: White Swallowwort or Pale Swallowwort. For a detailed technical description, see this excellent abstract on Cynanchum rossicum.
This plant is new to this part of Michigan, and unwelcome. Why? Consider one of its common names: “Dog-Strangling Vine.” The Greek roots of Cynanchum include kynos (“dog”) and anchein (“to choke”). The Greek may refer to effects of ingestion, rather than to physical strangling — but its toxicity is reflected in another appellation: Vincetoxicum (in place of Cynanchum). More…