Plant Threats to Pacific Ecosystems

PIER plant species present on Yasawas Island listed by scientific name

A product of the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER)

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This table lists invasive and potentially invasive plant species profiled by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER) that occur on Yasawas Island. It includes those of environmental concern (including those that are probably of threat only to islands with high elevations) as well as agricultural and ruderal weeds.  Each species is linked by its scientific name to an individual write-up containing relevant information.

The information in this table is based on the supporting data and may not represent the current situation. Note also there may be discrepancies among data presented at geographic resolutions (e.g., island vs. island group vs. country-territory-state levels), depending upon the reliability of the data at each level.

Species are listed in alphabetic order.  You can browse this list or use the "find" function on your web browser to search by scientific name.

Can't find it here?  Check the list of synonyms for other names (the more common synonyms are included below) or search other lists and databases available on the Internet.

Stumped by botanical terms?  Here are links to a brief glossary and a search engine for botanical terms.

Scientific name (+Family) Often-used other Latin names Habit Primarily a threat
at high elevations?
Abrus precatorius   (Fabaceae) Glycine abrus L. vine No
Casuarina equisetifolia   (Casuarinaceae) Casuarina litorea L. ex Fosberg & Sachet tree No
Clidemia hirta   (Melastomataceae) Melastoma hirtum L. shrub No
Clitoria ternatea   (Fabaceae) Clitoria albiflora Mattei; Clitoria bracteata Poir.; Clitoria mearnsii De Wild. vine No
Cuscuta campestris   (Convolvulaceae)   vine No
Cymbopogon refractus   (Poaceae) Andropogon refractus R. Br. grass No
Cyperus cyperinus   (Cyperaceae) Kyllinga cyperina Retz.; Mariscus cyperinus (Retz.) Vahl sedge No
Cyrtococcum oxyphyllum   (Poaceae) Panicum oxyphyllum Hochst. ex Steud. grass No
Datura metel   (Solanaceae) Datura alba Nees; Datura chlorantha Hook.; Datura fastuosa L. shrub No
Dioscorea bulbifera   (Dioscoreaceae) Dioscorea latifolia Benth. vine No
Emilia sonchifolia   (Asteraceae) Emilia javanica (Burm. f.) C. B. Rob. herb No
Hoya australis   (Apocynaceae) Hoya dalrympliana F. Muell. vine No
Leucaena leucocephala   (Fabaceae) Acacia glauca Willd.; Leucaena glauca auct.; Mimosa leucocephala Lam. tree No
Metrosideros collina   (Myrtaceae) Leptospermum collinum J. R. Forst. & G. Forst; Melaleuca villosa L. f. tree No
Phyllanthus virgatus   (Phyllanthaceae) Phyllanthus simplex Retz. herb No
Plectranthus amboinicus   (Lamiaceae) Coleus amboinicus Lour.; Salvia officinalis sensu J. W. Parham in Dept. Agr. Fiji Bull. 35 herb No
Polygala paniculata   (Polygalaceae)   herb No
Pseudelephantopus spicatus   (Asteraceae) Elephantopus spicatus Juss. ex Aubl. herb No
Solanum americanum   (Solanaceae) Solanum nigrum var. americanum (Mill.) O.E. Schulz herb No
Syzygium malaccense   (Myrtaceae) Caryophyllus malaccensis (L.) Stokes; Eugenia malaccensis L. tree No
Uraria lagopodioides   (Fabaceae)   herb No
Urochloa subquadripara   (Poaceae) Brachiaria subquadripara (Trin.) Hitchc.; Panicum subquadriparum Trin. grass No

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