Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER)


Report on invasive plant species in Kiribati


Appendix 3.  Invasive species by location

Table 4.   Invasive species present on Maiana

Scientific Name

Common Names

Family

Habit

Bryophyllum pinnatum life plant, air plant, resurrection plant, Canterbury bells, cathedral bells, Mexican love plant; te ang (Kiribati), te kabekau (Kiribati (Butaritari)) Crassulaceae succulent
Cenchrus echinatus burgrass, sand-bur, southern sandbur, Mossman River grass (Australia); ; te anti, te kateketeke, te uteute ae kateketeke (Kiribati) Poaceae grass
Chamaesyce hirta asthma plant, garden spurge, pill-bearing spurge, hairy spurge Euphorbiaceae herb
Chamaesyce prostrata creeping splurge, prostrate spurge, red caustic creeper; te tarai (Kiribati) Euphorbiaceae herb
Cyperus compressus flat sedge Cyperaceae sedge
Cyperus rotundus nut grass, nutsedge, purple nutsedge, cocograss; te mumute (Kiribati) Cyperaceae sedge
Eleocharis geniculata te maunei Cyperaceae sedge
Eleusine indica goosegrass, wiregrass, goose foot, crow's foot, bullgrass; te uteute, te uteute na banabana (Kiribati) Poaceae grass
+Eragrostis amabilis Bug's egg grass, Japanese love grass, love grass (Fiji, Guam), female grass (Kiribati); te uteute ní aine, te uteute te aine (Kiribati) Poaceae grass
Euphorbia cyathophora dwarf poinsettia, fire-on-the-mountain, Mexican fire plant, painted spurge, wild poinsettia; te kabekau (Kiribati) Euphorbiaceae herb
Eustachys petraea   Poaceae grass
*Lantana camara te kaibuaka, lantana Verbenaceae shrub
Phyllanthus amarus te kaimatu (Kiribati) Euphorbiaceae herb
Physalis angulata annual ground cherry, bladder cherry (Solomon Islands), wild cape gooseberry (Fiji); te baraki, te bin (Kiribati) Solanaceae herb
Portulaca oleracea pigweed, purslane; te boi (Kirbati) Portulacaceae herb
*Pseuderanthemum carruthersii false eranthemum; te iaro (Kiribati) Acanthaceae shrub
Russelia equisetiformis coralplant, fountainplant; te kaibaun (Kiribati) Scrophulariaceae shrub
Senna occidentalis antbush, coffee senna; te katia (Kiribati) Fabaceae shrub
Sida acuta broom weed, southern sida, spiny sida Malvaceae herb
Tridax procumbens coat buttons, tridax daisy, wild daisy (Fiji, Guam) Asteraceae herb
Turnera ulmifolia yellow alder, sage rose, West Indian holly, ramgoat dashalong: te kakainea (Kiribati) Turneraceae shrub
+Vernonia cinerea ironweed, little ironweed, vernonia Asteraceae herb

*Cultivated
+Native or early introduction


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