Plant Threats to Pacific Ecosystems

PIER species listed by scientific name beginning with the letter V

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

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This table lists all species profiled on PIER with the genus beginning with the letter V.  An alphabetical index to all PIER species is also available. Also, the complete alphabetical of all PIER species is available, but it is a large list and may take a while to load on systems with slower internet connections.  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.

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 Present on
Pacific Islands?
Primarily a threat
at high elevations?
Vaccinium corymbosum   (Ericaceae) Vaccinium atlanticum E. P. Bicknell; Vaccinium constablaei A. Gray shrub No No
Vaccinium virgatum   (Ericaceae) Vaccinium amoenum Aiton; Vaccinium ashei J. M. Reade shrub No No
Vachellia campeachiana   (Fabaceae) Acacia cochliacantha Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.; Acacia cymbispina Sprague & L. Riley; Mimosa campeachiana Mill. shrub/tree Yes No
Vachellia farnesiana   (Fabaceae) Mimosa farnesiana L. shrub Yes No
Vallisneria americana   (Hydrocharitaceae) Vallisneria gigantea Graebn. aquatic herb Yes No
Vallisneria spiralis   (Hydrocharitaceae)   aquatic herb Yes No
Vanda tricolor   (Orchidaceae)   herb Yes No
Vanilla planifolia   (Orchidaceae) Myrobroma fragrans Salisb vine Yes No
Vasconcellea pubescens   (Caricaceae) Carica candamarcensis Hook. f.; Carica cestriflora (A. DC.) Solms; Carica pubescens Lenné & Koch; Vasconcellea cestriflora A. DC.; Vasconcellea cundinamarcensis V. M. Badillo tree Yes Yes
Verbascum thapsus   (Scrophulariaceae)   herb Yes Yes
Verbascum virgatum   (Scrophulariaceae)   herb Yes No
Verbena bonariensis   (Verbenaceae)   herb Yes No
Verbena litoralis   (Verbenaceae)   herb Yes No
Verbena rigida   (Verbenaceae)   herb Yes No
Verbesina encelioides   (Asteraceae)   herb Yes No
Verbesina turbacensis   (Asteraceae)   shrub/tree No No
Vernonia patula   (Asteraceae) Centratherum chinense Less.; Conyza patula Aiton; Cyanthillium patulum (Aiton) H. Rob.; Vernonia chinensis (Less.) Less. herb Yes No
Veronica anagallis-aquatica   (Plantaginaceae)   aquatic fern Yes Yes
Veronica arvensis   (Plantaginaceae) Veronica sartoriana Boiss. & Heldr. herb Yes No
Veronica persica   (Plantaginaceae) Veronica agrestis var. byzantina Sm.; Veronica byzantina (Sibth. & Sm.) Britton et al.; Veronica tournefortii C. C. Gmel. herb Yes No
Vicia sativa subsp. nigra   (Fabaceae)   herb Yes No
Vigna radiata   (Fabaceae) Phaseolus aureus Roxb. herb Yes No
Vigna speciosa   (Fabaceae) Phaseolus rigidus Piper; Phaseolus speciosus Kunth vine Yes No
Vinca major   (Apocynaceae)   herb Yes No
Vitex agnus-castus   (Lamiaceae)   shrub Yes No
Vitex parviflora   (Lamiaceae)   shrub/tree Yes No
Vitis vinifera   (Vitaceae)   vine Yes Yes
Vulpia bromoides   (Poaceae) Festuca bromoides L. grass Yes No
Vulpia myuros   (Poaceae) Festuca myuros L. grass Yes No

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