Plant Threats to Pacific Ecosystems

PIER plant species present on Mopelia (Mapetia, Maupiha‘a, Maupihoa, Mopiha‘a) Atoll listed by scientific name

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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 Mopelia (Mapetia, Maupiha‘a, Maupihoa, Mopiha‘a) Atoll. 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.

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Scientific name (+Family) Often-used other Latin names Habit Primarily a threat
at high elevations?
Ageratum conyzoides   (Asteraceae)   herb No
Albizia lebbeck   (Fabaceae) Acacia lebbeck L. (or Blanco); Mimosa lebbeck L. tree No
Amaranthus viridis   (Amaranthaceae) Amaranthus gracilis Desf., nom. nud. herb No
Bidens pilosa   (Asteraceae)   herb No
Blumea sinuata   (Asteraceae) Blumea laciniata (Roxb.) DC.; Conyza laciniata Roxb.; Gnaphalium sinuatum Lour. herb No
Capsicum frutescens   (Solanaceae)   herb No
Cardiospermum halicacabum   (Sapindaceae)   vine No
Casuarina equisetifolia   (Casuarinaceae) Casuarina litorea L. ex Fosberg & Sachet tree No
Catharanthus roseus   (Apocynaceae) Lochnera rosea (L.) Reichb. ex Steud.; Vinca rosea L. herb No
Ceiba pentandra   (Malvaceae) Bombax pentandrum L.; Ceiba casearia Medik.; Eriodendron anfractuosum DC. tree No
Cenchrus echinatus   (Poaceae)   grass No
Citrus aurantiifolia   (Rutaceae) Citrus acida Roxb.; Citrus lima Lunan; Limonia aurantiifolia Christm. tree No
Crinum asiaticum   (Amaryllidaceae) Crinum amabile Donn ex Ker Gawl. herb No
Crotalaria incana   (Fabaceae)   shrub No
Crotalaria verrucosa   (Fabaceae) Crotalaria angulosa Lam. herb No
Cyanthillium cinereum   (Asteraceae) Blumea chinensis (L.) DC.; Conyza chinensis L.; Conyza cinerea L.; Senecioides cinerea (L.) Kuntze ex Britt. & Wilson; Serratula cinerea (L.) Roxb.; Vernonia cinerea (L.) Less.; Vernonia cinerea var. parviflora (Reinw.) DC. herb No
Desmodium incanum   (Fabaceae) Desmodium canum (J. F. Gmel.) Schinz & Thell.; Meibomia cana (J. F. Gmel.) S. F. Blake shrub No
Desmodium triflorum   (Fabaceae) Meibomia triflora (L.) Kuntze herb No
Elephantopus mollis   (Asteraceae)   herb No
Eleusine indica   (Poaceae) Cynosurus indicus L.; Eleusine japonica Steud. grass No
Eragrostis amabilis   (Poaceae) Eragrostis plumosa (Retz.) Link; Eragrostis tenella (L.) P. Beauv. ex Roem. & Schult.; Poa tenella L. grass No
Euphorbia hirta   (Euphorbiaceae) Chamaesyce hirta (L.) Millsp.; Euphorbia pilulifera L. herb No
Euphorbia thymifolia   (Euphorbiaceae) Chamaesyce thymifolia (L.) Millsp.; Euphorbia microphylla Lam. herb No
Hippobroma longiflora   (Campanulaceae) Isotoma longiflora (L.) C. Presl; Laurentia longiflora (L.) Endl.; Lobelia longiflora L. herb No
Indigofera hendecaphylla   (Fabaceae) Indigofera endecaphylla Jacq. ex Poir., orth. var.; Indigofera neglecta N. E. Br.; Indigofera spicata auct., pro parte majore herb No
Ipomoea violacea   (Convolvulaceae) Convolvulus tuba Schlechtend.; Ipomoea macrantha Roem. & Schult.; Ipomoea tuba (Schlechtend.) G. Don vine No
Lantana camara   (Verbenaceae)   shrub No
Leucaena leucocephala   (Fabaceae) Acacia glauca Willd.; Leucaena glauca auct.; Mimosa leucocephala Lam. tree No
Macroptilium lathyroides   (Fabaceae) Phaseolus lathyroides L. herb No
Malvastrum coromandelianum   (Malvaceae) Malva coromandeliana L.; Malvastrum tricuspidatum A. Gray herb No
Mimosa pudica   (Fabaceae)   herb No
Ocimum basilicum   (Lamiaceae)   herb No
Phyllanthus amarus   (Phyllanthaceae) Phyllanthus niruri sensu various Pacific botanists herb No
Rhynchosia minima   (Fabaceae)   herb No
Sida rhombifolia   (Malvaceae) Sida microphylla Cav. shrub No
Sporobolus africanus   (Poaceae) Sporobolus indicus (L.) R. Br. var. capensis Engl. grass No
Sporobolus indicus   (Poaceae) Agrostis indica L.; Axonopus poiretii Roem. & Schult.; Sporobolus fertilis (Steud.) Clayton; Sporobolus indicus var. major; Sporobolus poiretii (Roem. & Schult.) Hitchc. grass No
Stachytarpheta cayennensis   (Verbenaceae) Stachytarpheta dichotoma (Ruiz & Pav.) Vahl.; Stachytarpheta urticaefolia (Salisb.) Sims; Stachytarpheta urticifolia (Salisb.) Sims herb No
Synedrella nodiflora   (Asteraceae)   herb No
Triumfetta rhomboidea   (Malvaceae) Triamfetta bartramia L. shrub No
Waltheria indica   (Malvaceae) Waltheria americana L. shrub No

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