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Cat’s Claw Vine: Florida Invasive Plant Added to State Noxious Weed List


January 22, 2021

Native to the West Indies and Central and South America, cat’s claw vine (Dolichandra unguis-cati) was first introduced to Florida in the 1940's as a vining, showy ornamental. Thriving in a neotropical climate, it has readily spread through ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease
Tags: Bignonia Capreolata, Campsis Radicans, Cat's Claw Vine, Catclaw Vine, Dolichandra, Florida Invasive Plant, Gelsemium Sempervirens, Noxious Weeds

Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) now a State Noxious Weed


January 8, 2021

  Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) is one of the recent additions to the Florida State Noxious Weed List. Belonging to the family Caprifoliaceae, alongside other popular vining and hardy shrub ornamental species, it ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: FL Natives, Honeysuckle, Invasive Ornamentals, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Japanese Honeysuckle

Beach Vitex is Officially Declared a State Noxious Weed


December 18, 2020

Other common names: Roundleaf Chaste tree, Chasteberry, Monk’s Pepper Florida beach goers, have you strolled alongside coastal dune areas and seen this attractive, vining plant? You may have witnessed the presence of beach vitex (Vitex ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: Beach Vitex, Coastal Dune Plants, Dune Ecosystems, Dune Restoration, FLEPPC, Invasive Plants, Noxious Weeds, Vitex Rotundifolia

Meet the Jumping Worm: The invasive game changer


December 9, 2020

Description and origin Have you come across an 'earthworm' with an aggressive, wiggling behavior that left you curious? You may have encountered a jumping worm. Jumping worms are also known by several names, including Alabama jumper, crazy ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Have You Come Across An 'earthworm' With An Aggressive, Jumping Worms Constitute Several Non-native Amynthas Species Introduced Into The United States, Meet The Jumping Worm: The Invasive Game Changer, Wiggling Behavior That Left You Curious?

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