Plant Threats to Pacific Ecosystems

PIER species listed by scientific name beginning with the letter Z

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 Z.  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?
Zantedeschia aethiopica   (Araceae) Calla aethiopica L. herb Yes No
Zinnia peruviana   (Asteraceae) Chrysogonum peruvianum L.; Zinnia multiflora L.; Zinnia pauciflora L. herb Yes No
Ziziphus jujuba   (Rhamnaceae) Rhamnus zizyphus L.; Ziziphus sativa Gaertn. tree Yes No
Ziziphus mauritiana   (Rhamnaceae)   tree Yes No
Zornia curvata   (Fabaceae)   herb Yes No
Zornia gibbosa   (Fabaceae)   herb Yes No
Zoysia matrella   (Poaceae) Agrostis matrella L.; Osterdamia matrella (L.) Kuntze; Zoysia pungens Willd. grass Yes No

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