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Invasive Plants in Arkansas

Do you have invasive plants on your property?  Many plants from foreign lands have been brought to Arkansas for crops, ornamental plants, soil stabilization, and forages for livestock and wildlife.  Some have even been brought to Arkansas accidentally.  An estimated 1/10th of 1 percent of these plants become invasive pests and thus cause a myriad of problems.  Some invasive plants reduce the productivity of our crop fields, some harm our livestock, and others degrade the wildlands that make Arkansas an enjoyable place for residents and visitors.

The links below lead to information about an array of invasive plants.

Invasive Pests - Plants Poster

Cogongrass rhizome

Cogongrass

Cogongrass often has been described as one of the world's worst weeds.  Once established, cogongrass dominates a site and is very difficult to eradicate.

Image:  Wilson Faircloth, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org

Learn more about cogongrass
Chinese tallow

Chinese Tallow

Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera (L.) Small) is a short-lived, fast growing native of eastern Asia that has become naturalized through the southeastern U.S. from North Carolina to eastern Texas.

Image: Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

Learn more about Chinese tallow

Additional Invasive Pests

Feral hog

Invasive Animals

If you are looking for information about invasive animals, go here.

 

Image: Image courtesy Clint Turnage, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services

Thousand-cankers disease

Invasive Diseases

If you are looking for information about invasive diseases, go here.

 

Image: Ned Tisserat, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

Emerald ash borer

Invasive Insects

If you are looking for information about invasive insects, go here.

 

Image: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

 

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca McPeake

Rebecca McPeake
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204-4940
501-671-2000

 

Dr. John Hopkins

John Hopkins
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204-4940
501-671-2000
 

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