soapbush USDA PLANTS Symbol: CLHI3
U.S. Nativity: Native
Habit: Shrub or Subshrub
Clidemia hirta (L.) D. Don

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Myrtales: Melastomataceae
Synonym(s): kaurasiga, Koster's curse, kui, mbona na mbulamakau, roinisinga, clidemia
Native Range: Not Found (BAIL);

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Plant(s); Native to the Neotropics, is an agressive invader of moist forests of many Pacific Islands. Introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in 1940, it covered 90,000 acres on Oahu by the late 1970s and has spread to Hawaii (by 1972), Molokai (1973), Maui (1976), Kauai (1982), and Lanai (1988). The primary mode of inter-island dispersal is believed to be in mud on boots. Several biological control agents show promise of limiting the further invasion on islands other than Oahu.
The Nature Conservancy Archive, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Leaf
John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Leaf
John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)



Invasive Listing Sources:
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.
University of Hawaii, Botany Department, Hawaiian Alien Plant Studies, 1998