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Status of Invasive Plants in Alabama

Total number of exotic species reported: 499

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 36382


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 18 species, 645 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 3 records
  • Conifer Trees - 1 species, 8 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 15 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 244 species, 3732 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 85 species, 3530 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 38 species, 2461 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 65 species, 7110 records
  • Vines - 46 species, 14770 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 12095 reports
  2. privet - 5308 reports
  3. cogongrass - 1297 reports
  4. kudzu - 1196 reports
  5. Japanese climbing fern - 721 reports
  6. mimosa - 689 reports
  7. sericea lespedeza - 500 reports
  8. Chinese tallowtree - 428 reports
  9. chinaberry - 421 reports
  10. Chinese privet - 239 reports

Top Ten Widespread Invasive Plants (by number of positive counties)

  1. kudzu - 67/67 (100%)
  2. Japanese honeysuckle - 67/67 (100%)
  3. privet - 67/67 (100%)
  4. mimosa - 66/67 (99%)
  5. sericea lespedeza - 66/67 (99%)
  6. Chinese privet - 66/67 (99%)
  7. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 58/67 (87%)
  8. johnsongrass - 58/67 (87%)
  9. chinaberry - 56/67 (84%)
  10. common vetch - 55/67 (82%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Mobile County - 359 species
  2. Lee County - 339 species
  3. Tuscaloosa County - 281 species
  4. Calhoun County - 239 species
  5. Etowah County - 237 species
  6. Pike County - 236 species
  7. Baldwin County - 224 species
  8. Limestone County - 210 species
  9. Marshall County - 204 species
  10. Blount County - 200 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Lamar County - 50 species
  2. Coosa County - 57 species
  3. Fayette County - 58 species
  4. Marion County - 59 species
  5. Washington County - 65 species
  6. Walker County - 71 species
  7. Pickens County - 74 species
  8. Russell County - 85 species
  9. Winston County - 87 species
  10. Bullock County - 88 species

Report created on September 1, 2014 at 02:38 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.