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Miconia nervosa
(Sm.) Triana, Melastomataceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Habit:  shrub

Description:  "A scrambling shrub that may reach a height of about 3 m. Leaves on Miconia nervosa have an elongated tip and can grow up to 25 cm long. The venation shows two distinct points of intersection near the base of the leaf. The leaf surfaces have small hairs. The stems and underside of the leaf are a light red colour" (Queensland Government, 2007)

Habitat/ecology:  Apparently introduced into Australia and as a garden plant. Declared a Class 1 weed there and subject of an eradication program.

Propagation:  "Small black-purple or brown fruit that are dispersed primarily by birds. Seed may also be spread via mud sticking to vehicles, machinery, footwear and animals." (Queensland Government, 2007)

Native range:  Central and South America (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Australia
Australia (continental)
Queensland introduced
invasive
Queensland [Australia] Government (2007)
Subject of an eradication program.
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guatemala (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Nicaragua (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Panama
Panama
Panama (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Perú
Perú
Perú (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Huanuco, Junin, Loreto, San Martin, Ucayali

Control: 

Physical:  "The most effective control of small miconia plants is by pulling them out by the roots, placing them off the ground and lodging them in nearby trees to dry out." (Queensland Government, 2007)

Chemical:  See Miconia calvescens for chemical methods that may also be effective against this species.


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This page was created on 30 AUG 2009 and was last updated on 16 MAY 2017.