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Mikania Micrantha…

December 11, 2012

 You’re a mean one Mikania micrantha,

You really are a menace,|

You’re as cuddly as a monster; you’re as invasive as a giant African snail, Mikania micrantha,

You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

Be on the lookout this holiday season for the blooming white flower of this destructive invasive species. Mikania micrantha is nicknamed mile-a-minute, and rightly so, because of its fast growth habits. Also known as Chinese creeper mikania-micrantha-flowers-160and bittervine, this invasive weed can grow one and a half feet per week in optimal conditions. It thrives in Florida’s warm, humid environment, especially in the Redlands area of Homestead, FL where it was detected for the first time in the continental United States in 2009.

As a rapidly growing climbing vine, it can smother and overwhelm other small plants and even large trees. It pulls you in with its attractive flowers, and then ZAP – it strangles the life out of surrounding plants. Mile-a-minute has the ability to take over disturbed areas in only a few months. It has been documented as a pest in banana, cacao, coconut, oil palm, rubber and rice plantations. Mikania micrantha is one of the top one hundred global invasive pests.

 Check out our Flickr album for more Mikania micrantha photos. You can also view an informational video of Mikania micrantha. If you think you have seen this plant, please call 888-397-1517. 

Mikania micrantha Positive Finds in Florida
Mikania micrantha Pest Alert – DPI

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