Missouri Exotic Pest Plants
of non-native plants that threaten Missouri's native biodiversity
Exotic: before European contact,
not native to the area currently designated as Missouri.
Invasive: entering natural communities, potentially
displacing native vegetation.
that are invading and disrupting native plant communities in Missouri.
A-1--Widespread, essentially in all counties of Missouri
A-2--Regional species invasive in more than 10 Missouri counties.
A-3--Regional species invasive in 10 or fewer Missouri counties.
that are occasional invaders with low levels of impact on native
Missouri plant communities, or species which are invading and
disrupting the native plant communities of other states, in habitats
similar to those found in Missouri.
that have the capacity to invade native plant communities along
disturbance corridors, or to spread from stands in disturbed sites
into undisturbed areas, but which seem to principally spread and
remain in disturbed corridors.
for which current information does not adequately describe distribution
or nature of threat to native plant communities.
that, after review of status, do not appear to pose a significant
threat to native plant communities.
Exotic Pest Plant Council is currently rating exotic invasives
according to the threat they pose toward natural ecosystems. For
an explantation of the rating categories, and the complete
list of potential invasive plants of Missouri click here.
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