GS III Context: An invasive species, Senna spectabilis, an exotic tree, has taken over between 800 and 1,200 hectares of the buffer zones of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the picturesque Nilgiris hill district.
What is the ‘Invasive species’? An invasive species is an organism that is not indigenous, or native, to a particular area. Invasive species can cause great economic and environmental harm to the new area.
Senna spectabilis: It was Introduced as an ornamental species and for use as firewood from South and Central America. The species has become highly invasive in the Sigur plateau in both the core and buffer zones of the MTR.