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Judy Gibbs, Duluth's invasive species eradication coordinator, is dwarfed by the large growth of the invasive Japenese knotweed, commonly referred to as "bamboo" growing along Chester Park Drive in Duluth on Monday, July 15, 2013. Bob King, Duluth News Tribune

Latest Northland invader? 'Bamboo'

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DULUTH -- Another invasive species has reached the most-wanted list for eradication in Minnesota. This time it's Japanese knotweed - Polygonum cuspidatum - often referred to as "bamboo."

The plant actually is an Asian member of the buckwheat family, but it's tall (10 feet and higher), cane-like stems make it look and feel like real bamboo.

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