Lockdown botany in 2020: alien plants in Ukraine
During 2020, although the pandemic severely restricted surveys for plant species in Ukraine, some limited opportunities arose in Kyiv City and Kyiv Region in the northern central part of Ukraine. In total, 10 alien plant species are reported along with note on their occurrence.
Notes on occurrence
Small population of several plants along roadside
Ruderal sites, abandoned buildings and along tram line
Ruderal site under willow trees and alongside fences
Large population naturalised in forest of Pushcha-Vodytsya
North and Central America
Semi-escaped plants in Kyiv from cracks at the base of stone walls
Escaped from cultivation in Gryshko Natioanl Botanical Gardens, several dozen plants persisting for at least 2 years
Pine forest near Kyiv
Mesembryanthemum × vascosilvae
Several locations in Kyiv - semi-escaped in neglected flower beds
Well established colony of the species in the forest of Pushcha-Vodytsya in the North-West of Kyiv city
Large dense escaped colonies in ruderal habitats in the neighbourhoods of Lukianivka
Mosyakin SL, Mosyakin AS (2021) Lockdown botany 2020: some noteworthy records of alien plants in Kyiv City and Kyiv Region. Ukrainian Botanical Journal 78(2), 96–111.