March Weed of the Month: Shoebutton ardisia

April 6, 2011

Ardisia elliptica, or shoebutton ardisia, is a shrub or small tree that was introduced as an ornamental plant. This evergreen tree or shrub with star-shaped flowers invades natural areas, forming clumps or thickets that crowd out other species.  This species is probably native to India, but certainly tropical Asia, and is now found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. Documented occurrences of shoebutton ardisia are known from Pinellas, Collier, Miami-Dade, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Brevard counties. This weed is regulated by the state of Florida on the state’s noxious weed list, and is also included on the FLEPPC Category 1 list of invasive plants. Read more…

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