Articles | Volume 77, issue 4
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06 Oct 2022
Standard article |  | 06 Oct 2022

People's knowledge and perceptions of Trachycarpus fortunei (Chinese windmill palm) invasions and their management in Ticino, Switzerland

Micol Genazzi, Antoine Guisan, and Ross T. Shackleton

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Short summary
This paper assesses peoples' knowledge and perceptions of the invasive palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) in Ticino, Switzerland. Such information is important for guiding decision-making and management planning. In general, although the palm induces positive perceptions in most respondents, the majority of people realise the threat that invasions pose to the region. Therefore, most respondents supported the regulations and management for this popular ornamental plant.