State 4, Plant Community 5, Weedy Humid Mid-Grassland. Note tall weeds in heavily grazed pasture.
STATE 5 – Alien Weedy Meadow
Plant Community 6
This state consists of one plant community consisting primarily of weedy shrubs. Weedy grasses and forbs dominate between shrub patches. Alien tree species are present and will attain dominance if fire does not set them back. The array of species is diverse. Some sites are dominated by dense stands of melastoma shrubs. Native uluhe fern often forms dense patches. Although rainfall is high, large amounts of fine fuels present a fire danger in dry periods.
Pathways from this plant community
To Plant Community 3, Alien Forest, via “F”:
F = absence of fire.
The ubiquitous presence of fast-growing tree species such as albizia, strawberry guava, and octopus tree will convert this plant community to Alien Forest if fire does not occur for a period of years.
To Plant Community 4, Grassland, via “D&H&J&L”:
D = weed control; H = pasture establishment; J = prescribed grazing; L = brush management.
Alien Weedy Meadow can be converted to Grassland with brush management, pasture establishment to reestablish desirable forage species, weed control to deal with the large weed seed bank in the soil, and prescribed grazing.
Composite representation of State 5, Plant Community 6, Alien Weedy Meadow