'Lantana camara' is an invasive species that is steadily spreading through the forests of the world. Once this thorny plant has established itself somewhere a gloomy darkness sets in under its canopy. This lack of sun light suffocates and eventually kills the grasses. And without any grass the forests will die. As their grazing grounds shrink, the animals start looking else where for food.
Here, in the forests of South India, Lantana is a massive problem with no easy solution in sight.
The Shola Trust is a non profit, based in the Nilgiris, that has been doing research on Lantana. In an effort to understand the plant better they decided to record the opinions and observations of experienced Forest Department staff from across the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The voices in the video are not of 'experts' but people who live their life surrounded by this menacing weed.