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Status of Invasive Plants in Florida

Total number of exotic species reported: 657

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 249566


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 23 species, 2293 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 2 records
  • Conifer Trees - 2 species, 6 records
  • Ferns - 2 species, 9 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 260 species, 18676 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 100 species, 52155 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 107 species, 74508 records
  • Palms - 4 species, 78 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 79 species, 16012 records
  • Vines - 72 species, 31868 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Brazilian peppertree - 33162 reports
  2. cogongrass - 19834 reports
  3. melaleuca - 12458 reports
  4. torpedograss - 11991 reports
  5. old world climbing fern - 11044 reports
  6. Japanese climbing fern - 8085 reports
  7. Caesarweed - 7227 reports
  8. Chinese tallowtree - 6599 reports
  9. limpograss - 5354 reports
  10. air-potato - 3679 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. Chinese tallowtree - 61/67 (91%)
  8. alligatorweed - 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 - 651 species
  2. Broward County - 451 species
  3. Palm Beach County - 425 species
  4. Hillsborough County - 425 species
  5. Monroe County - 393 species
  6. Lee County - 374 species
  7. Alachua County - 368 species
  8. Leon County - 363 species
  9. Collier County - 361 species
  10. Pinellas County - 358 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Lafayette County - 57 species
  2. Holmes County - 83 species
  3. Baker County - 91 species
  4. Hamilton County - 94 species
  5. Bradford County - 95 species
  6. Union County - 99 species
  7. Dixie County - 99 species
  8. Washington County - 101 species
  9. Gulf County - 105 species
  10. Taylor County - 106 species

Report created on August 31, 2015 at 11:21 AM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.