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Status of Invasive Plants in Arkansas

Total number of exotic species reported: 379

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 27642


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 15 species, 363 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 1 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 206 species, 6553 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 65 species, 2602 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 25 species, 1310 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 30 species, 3598 records
  • Vines - 33 species, 7339 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 6276 reports
  2. privet - 1496 reports
  3. sericea lespedeza - 850 reports
  4. shrubby lespedeza - 576 reports
  5. tall fescue - 400 reports
  6. mimosa - 303 reports
  7. kudzu - 256 reports
  8. johnsongrass - 176 reports
  9. chinaberry - 165 reports
  10. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 156 reports

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

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 75/75 (100%)
  2. spiny sowthistle - 75/75 (100%)
  3. annual sowthistle - 74/75 (99%)
  4. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 73/75 (97%)
  5. privet - 73/75 (97%)
  6. sericea lespedeza - 70/75 (93%)
  7. mimosa - 66/75 (88%)
  8. henbit - 66/75 (88%)
  9. common vetch - 65/75 (87%)
  10. common mullein - 64/75 (85%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Washington County - 297 species
  2. Pulaski County - 247 species
  3. Jefferson County - 228 species
  4. Benton County - 223 species
  5. Franklin County - 216 species
  6. Pope County - 216 species
  7. Ashley County - 215 species
  8. Faulkner County - 212 species
  9. Drew County - 194 species
  10. Newton County - 192 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Jackson County - 52 species
  2. Van Buren County - 66 species
  3. Calhoun County - 69 species
  4. Dallas County - 79 species
  5. Lonoke County - 80 species
  6. Columbia County - 81 species
  7. Cross County - 83 species
  8. Monroe County - 83 species
  9. Miller County - 84 species
  10. Sevier County - 87 species

Report created on September 22, 2014 at 12:13 AM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.