Describe the characteristics of an invasive species.  

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Invasive species are plants that grow outside their natural habitat. Invasive species usually produce economic and ecological damages, and they are the main cause of biological diversity loss.

Invasive species possess many characteristics, such as: productivity, dispersal, lack of natural control, seasonal advantages.

Invasive species produce many seeds and are able to produce hundreds of thousands of seeds per plant, therefore generating more seedlings.

The seeds of invasive plants can easily be spread by wind, water, people or other means, being able to establish a new location, even very far from their parents.

The transfer of an invasive plant to a new location means the loss of the pests that helped to control the overgrowth of the plant and its chaotic spreading.

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