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Status of Invasive Plants in Florida

Total number of exotic species reported: 658

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 307442


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 23 species, 2292 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 2 records
  • Conifer Trees - 2 species, 6 records
  • Ferns - 2 species, 9 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 261 species, 18753 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 102 species, 52488 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 105 species, 120813 records
  • Palms - 4 species, 78 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 80 species, 15887 records
  • Vines - 73 species, 44585 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Brazilian peppertree - 61203 reports
  2. melaleuca - 30293 reports
  3. old world climbing fern - 23785 reports
  4. cogongrass - 19848 reports
  5. torpedograss - 11989 reports
  6. Japanese climbing fern - 8082 reports
  7. Caesarweed - 7222 reports
  8. Chinese tallowtree - 6597 reports
  9. limpograss - 5354 reports
  10. air-potato - 3670 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 - 65/67 (97%)
  4. torpedograss - 64/67 (96%)
  5. hairy beggarticks - 63/67 (94%)
  6. vaseygrass - 62/67 (93%)
  7. alligatorweed - 61/67 (91%)
  8. Chinese tallowtree - 61/67 (91%)
  9. air-potato - 60/67 (90%)
  10. goosegrass - 60/67 (90%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Miami-Dade County - 639 species
  2. Broward County - 445 species
  3. Hillsborough County - 411 species
  4. Palm Beach County - 398 species
  5. Monroe County - 393 species
  6. Lee County - 363 species
  7. Leon County - 361 species
  8. Alachua County - 349 species
  9. Polk County - 347 species
  10. Pinellas County - 345 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Lafayette County - 55 species
  2. Holmes County - 84 species
  3. Baker County - 91 species
  4. Hamilton County - 93 species
  5. Bradford County - 95 species
  6. Union County - 97 species
  7. Dixie County - 99 species
  8. Washington County - 101 species
  9. Gilchrist County - 102 species
  10. Gulf County - 105 species

Report created on November 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.