There are recent reports of Ranunculus ficaria
), which goes by the common name of buttercup fig or lesser celandine, in Sosebee Cove in the Chattahoochee National Forest. This is a very aggressive species that could quickly overwhelm Sosebee Cove and potentiallyinvade other botanically rich areas nearby such as the Coosa Bald Research Natural Area.
There is additional information at http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/rafi1.htm
This is a rather nasty species that can completely blanket the ground. We should heed Barney's advice and "Nip it in the bud."
BotSoc members, you will see an initial planning effort for a workday next spring to start the process of control/eradication in our September Newsletter.