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Missouri Exotic Pest Plants

A list of non-native plants that threaten Missouri's native biodiversity

Category A

Plant species that are invading and disrupting native plant communities in Missouri.

Click on to see distribution in Missouri.

Click on to see an image of the plant.

Click on MDC for MDC vegetation management information.

Click on PCA for links to the Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant Working Group: Weeds Gone Wild webpage.

Click on PLANTS for a link to the USDA PLANTS National Database (contains images, plant description, distribution maps, etc.).

MDC
A-1--Widespread, essentially in all counties of Missouri.
Festuca arundinacea tall fescue Poaceae MDC PLANTS
Festuca pratensis meadow fescue Poaceae MDC PLANTS
Lespedeza cuneata Sericea Lespedeza Fabaceae MDC PCA PLANTS
Lonicera japonica Japanese honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae MDC PLANTS
A-2--Regional species invasive in more than 10 Missouri counties.
Alliaria petiolata garlic mustard Brassicaceae MDC PCA PLANTS
Bromus sterilis bromegrass Poaceae PLANTS
Bromus tectorum thatch bromegrass Poaceae PLANTS
Carduus nutans musk thistle Asteraceae MDC PCA PLANTS
Centaurea stoebe spotted knapweed Asteraceae
Dioscorea oppositifolia air-potato Dioscoreaceae PLANTS
Elaeagnus umbellata Autumn Olive Elaeagnaceae MDC PLANTS
Euonymus fortunei wintercreeper Celastraceae MDC PCA PLANTS
Lonicera maackii bush honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae MDC PCA PLANTS
Lythrum salicaria purple loosestrife Lythraceae MDC PCA PLANTS
Melilotus albus sweet clover Fabaceae MDC
Melilotus officinalis sweet clover Fabaceae MDC PLANTS
Phalaris arundinacea reed canary grass Poaceae * MDC PLANTS
Securigera varia purple crown vetch Fabaceae MDC PLANTS
Sorghum halepense Johnson grass Poaceae MDC PLANTS
A-3--Regional species invasive in 10 or fewer Missouri counties.
Acer ginnala amur maple Aceraceae PLANTS
Bothriochloa bladhii Eurasian bluestem Poaceae PLANTS
Celastrus orbiculatus Asian bittersweet Celastraceae PCA PLANTS
Ligustrum sinense Chinese privet Oleaceae PLANTS
Lonicera morrowii Morrow's bush honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae PCA PLANTS
Myriophyllum spicatum Eurasian water-milfoil Haloragidaceae PCA PLANTS
Potamogeton crispus curly pondweed Potamogetonaceae PLANTS
Rhamnus cathartica common buckthorn Rhamnaceae MDC PCA PLANTS

*native to certain areas of Missouri, but some populations in non-native areas.

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