Status of Invasive Plants in Mississippi

Total number of exotic species reported: 398

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 33734


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 16 species, 931 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 8 records
  • Conifer Trees - 1 species, 1 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 1 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 185 species, 3350 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 71 species, 3013 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 26 species, 1909 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 49 species, 6919 records
  • Vines - 36 species, 13645 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 10366 reports
  2. privet - 5255 reports
  3. Japanese climbing fern - 1511 reports
  4. kudzu - 1089 reports
  5. sericea lespedeza - 721 reports
  6. Chinese tallowtree - 587 reports
  7. mimosa - 459 reports
  8. alligatorweed - 429 reports
  9. cogongrass - 402 reports
  10. Japanese stiltgrass - 384 reports

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

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 82/82 (100%)
  2. privet - 79/82 (96%)
  3. kudzu - 77/82 (94%)
  4. mimosa - 74/82 (90%)
  5. Chinese privet - 72/82 (88%)
  6. Brazilian vervain - 71/82 (87%)
  7. sericea lespedeza - 70/82 (85%)
  8. common ragweed - 70/82 (85%)
  9. johnsongrass - 67/82 (82%)
  10. curly dock - 67/82 (82%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Lafayette County - 221 species
  2. Washington County - 219 species
  3. Oktibbeha County - 213 species
  4. Monroe County - 206 species
  5. Forrest County - 193 species
  6. Grenada County - 184 species
  7. Harrison County - 164 species
  8. DeSoto County - 159 species
  9. Jackson County - 158 species
  10. Attala County - 158 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Prentiss County - 40 species
  2. Issaquena County - 43 species
  3. Benton County - 46 species
  4. Neshoba County - 47 species
  5. Choctaw County - 48 species
  6. Montgomery County - 50 species
  7. Covington County - 51 species
  8. Sunflower County - 51 species
  9. Lincoln County - 51 species
  10. Itawamba County - 52 species

Report created on April 20, 2014 at 06:50 AM 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