Clidemia hirta is a densely-branching shrub that usually grows from 50 – cm tall, often forming impenetrable stands, especially if growing in good soils[. Leaf and flower, Clidemia hirta (Kostner’s curse); opposite leaves (up to 15 cm long x 8 cm wide) have prominent veins and are dark green. Plant Morphology: Growth Form: Perennial shrub. Foliage: Glossy, deeply veined leaves are ovate to oblong with crenate leaf margin (leaf edge lined with.

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In La Mucuy National Park in Venezuela, a montane tropical rain forest ca m elevation; mean annual rainfall ca mmall C.

Toward a woody plant list for Antigua cliddmia Barbuda: Recovery Plan for Multi-Island Plants. The declared noxious weeds of Fiji and their control, 3rd edn.

Global Invasive Species Programme: Details of Clidemia hirta in information. Clidemia hirta Scientific classification Kingdom: Biological control, using the thrip Girta urichiwas initiated in Fiji in the early s and two decades later in Hawaii Mune and Parham, ; Wester and Wood, Most alien populations of this plant are probably the result of deliberate ornamental introductions.


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Originally from the American Neotropics Mexico to Paraguay as well as the Caribbean[2] [3] it has been introduced broadly across Southern Asia and East Africa, and occurs in two isolated areas within Australia. In other areas O’ahu, Moloka’i and the Nounou and Na Pali Coast invasions on Kaua’i invasions were observed along forest trails first suggesting that hikers were responsible.

It contains many seeds. However, flowing and fruiting is periodic with annual rainfall down to mm.

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A guide to the identification of the most invasive plants of Sri LankaColombop. Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawai’i: University of the West Indies.

This species has already caused significant environmental damage in other parts of the world. Clidemia hirta is a densely branching long-lived perennial shrub normally growing 0.

Once established Clidemia hirta is extremely difficult to control. Their upper surfaces are sparsely covered in hairs, similar to those found on the stems i. US Fish and Wildlife Service, b.

Hydrolysable tannins of C. The purple-brown to blue-black berries are up to 8 millimetres 0. It is bristling with stiff hairs and topped with a ring of 5 threadlike appendages of the calyx.


Distribution Top of page C. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 20 6: The seeds can remain dormant for up to four clidemai in the soil Smith Undated.

Factsheet – Clidemia hirta (Koster’s Curse)

Austral Ecology, 31, Young plants, with their stiff hairs and crinkled leaves, may vaguely resemble a stinging nettle Cliddmia spp.

While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information, DEEDI does not invite reliance upon it, nor accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused by actions based on it. Simon Brooks young plant Photo: Tropical Biology Association Pritchardia napaliensis loulu palm: Case studies on the status of invasive woody plant species in the Western Indian Ocean.

In order to effectively control an infested area by mechanical means eradication efforts must be conducted at least once a year for up to 10 years.

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