What is the Mexican plant in Hawaii?

What is the Mexican plant in Hawaii?

Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia):

The Mexican sunflower is a garden plant that has naturalized on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii. It has similar flowers to the Mexican flame vine but does not grow into a vine.

What does miconia look like?

Miconia is easily recognized. Like most other melastomacous plants, it has 3 prominent veins that run longitudinally from the stem leaf to the leaf tip. The leaf is hairy, and the undersides are reddish-purple. The leaves are opposite.

What is the common name for miconia?

It is often referred to as the "purple plague" or the "green cancer" in reference to its habit of overgrowing native ecosystems, and its leaves which are bright green above and bright purple below.

Where does myconia come from?

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Miconia is a genus of flowering plants in the glory bush family, Melastomataceae, native to warm temperate to tropical regions of the Americas.

What is the Latin name of an invasive plant in Hawaii?

Plants. Kappaphycus Algae (Kappaphycus sp.)

What plants are invasive to Hawaii?

Invasive Plants

  • Himalayan ginger flower and its dense root mats (NPS Photo) Himalayan Ginger. ...
  • Faya (NPS Photo/J. Robinson) ...
  • Fountain Grass (NPS Photo) Fountain Grass. ...
  • Strawberry Guava (US Forest Service Photo) Strawberry Guava. ...
  • Asian Sword Fern (NPS Photo) Asian Sword Fern. ...
  • Photo: Hawaii Invasive Species Council. Banana Poka.

What is the invasive tree in Hawaii?

Potentially the fastest growing tree in the world, Albizia (Falcataria moluccana) is one of the most noticeable invasive species in Hawaiʻi. These large trees, up to 150 feet tall, can grow 15 feet per year and quickly outcompete and displace entire Hawaiian forests.

Are there any invasive species in Hawaii?

There are several routes for introduction of non-native species. Some species were accidentally introduced to Hawaii like the rat, fire ants, coqui frog, mosquitos, and asiatic rhinoceros beetle. Some are species brought in for cultivation that spread to wild areas like miconia, pigs, and goats.