Invasive Plants in Hillsborough County

While there are more than 125 exotic species identified by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (EPPC) as Category I or II pest plants, we selected the 20 most troublesome plant species found in our region.

Common Name Scientific name
Air potato and Air yam Dioscorea spp.
Australian-pine and Suckering Australian-pine Casuarina spp.
Brazilian pepper Schinus terebinthifolius
Carrotwood tree Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Chinaberry tree Melia azedarach
Chinese tallow tree, Popcorn tree Sapium sebiferum
Cogon grass Imperata cylindrica
Guinea grass Panicum maximum
Japanese climbing fern and Old World climbing fern Lygodium spp.
Kudzu vine Pueraria montana
Lead tree, Jumbie bean Leucaena leucocephala
Melaleuca, Punk tree Melaleuca quinquenervia
Mexican petunia Ruellia tweediana
Mexican bluebell, Britton's wild petunia R. brittoniana
Rosary Pea, Crab's eyes Abrus precatorius
Skunk vine Paederia foetida
Torpedo grass, Bullet grass Panicum repens
Tropical soda apple Solanum viarum
Plants of Growing Concern
Castor bean Ricinus communis
Camphor tree Cinnamomum camphora
Paper mulberry Broussonetia papyrifera



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