Status of Invasive Plants in Florida

Total number of exotic species reported: 645

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 275671


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 23 species, 2255 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 2 records
  • Conifer Trees - 2 species, 6 records
  • Ferns - 2 species, 9 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 251 species, 16829 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 95 species, 29229 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 99 species, 120373 records
  • Palms - 3 species, 76 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 77 species, 15690 records
  • Vines - 73 species, 40207 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Brazilian peppertree - 60980 reports
  2. melaleuca - 30277 reports
  3. old world climbing fern - 19673 reports
  4. cogongrass - 11788 reports
  5. Japanese climbing fern - 8066 reports
  6. Chinese tallowtree - 6582 reports
  7. Caesarweed - 5530 reports
  8. torpedograss - 4760 reports
  9. air-potato - 3598 reports
  10. Australian-pine - 3553 reports

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

  1. cogongrass - 66/67 (99%)
  2. Japanese climbing fern - 66/67 (99%)
  3. chinaberry - 64/67 (96%)
  4. torpedograss - 64/67 (96%)
  5. hairy beggarticks - 63/67 (94%)
  6. vaseygrass - 62/67 (93%)
  7. alligatorweed - 61/67 (91%)
  8. air-potato - 60/67 (90%)
  9. Chinese tallowtree - 60/67 (90%)
  10. goosegrass - 60/67 (90%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Miami-Dade County - 632 species
  2. Broward County - 442 species
  3. Hillsborough County - 401 species
  4. Palm Beach County - 394 species
  5. Monroe County - 381 species
  6. Leon County - 359 species
  7. Lee County - 358 species
  8. Alachua County - 345 species
  9. Collier County - 342 species
  10. Polk County - 342 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Lafayette County - 52 species
  2. Holmes County - 81 species
  3. Baker County - 88 species
  4. Hamilton County - 90 species
  5. Bradford County - 90 species
  6. Union County - 94 species
  7. Dixie County - 95 species
  8. Washington County - 98 species
  9. Gilchrist County - 99 species
  10. Taylor County - 101 species

Report created on April 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.



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Last updated on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 08:59 AM