Information and resources regarding 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



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Last Modified: 9/25/2023, 4:21:31 PM

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