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Invasive Species Wrecking Assam's Rhino Habitats
Parthenium hysterophorus, a low, bushy herb with small green leaves and creamy white flowers, is native to the Americas and an alien species in India is spreading across Pobitora National Park in Assam. 

If its spread in Pobitora is not checked in time, could spell trouble for the park’s 102 greater one-horned rhinoceroses, Rhinoceros unicornis, by smothering the native species they feed on.

Parthenium is just the latest addition to half a dozen invasive plants colonising rhino ranges across Assam, which harbours more than two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhino population in four protected areas.



 
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