Assessing environmental risks for established invasive weeds: Dalmatian (Linaria dalmatica) and yellow (L. vulgaris) toadflax in North America

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Jul;8(7):2828-53. doi: 10.3390/ijerph8072828. Epub 2011 Jul 13.


Environmental risk assessments characterizing potential environmental impacts of exotic weeds are more abundant and comprehensive for potential or new invaders than for widespread and well-established species such as Dalmatian (Linaria dalmatica [L.] Mill.) and yellow (L. vulgaris Mill.) toadflax. Specific effects evaluated in our assessment of environmental risks posed by yellow and Dalmatian toadflax included competitive displacement of other plant species, reservoirs of plant disease, animal and insect use, animal toxicity, human toxicity and allergenicity, erosion, and wildfire. Effect and exposure uncertainties for potential impacts of toadflax on human and ecological receptors were rated. Using publicly available information we were able to characterize ecological and human health impacts associated with toadflax, and to identify specific data gaps contributing to a high uncertainty of risk. Evidence supporting perceived negative environmental impacts of invasive toadflax was scarce.

Keywords: Linaria; ecological risk; exposure assessment; invasive species; risk analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Environment*
  • Linaria / growth & development
  • Linaria / physiology*
  • Linaria / toxicity
  • Mexico
  • Plant Weeds / growth & development
  • Plant Weeds / physiology*
  • Plant Weeds / toxicity
  • Population Dynamics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Species Specificity
  • United States