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Mikania micrantha: Watch for and Report this Noxious Weed

October 7, 2014

There’s a good reason it’s nicknamed “Mile-a-Minute.”

 Click Here to watch our video.

Be on the lookout for the  white blooms of Mikania micrantha. This destructive invasive species is nicknamed mile-a-minute, and rightly so. Also known as Chinese creeper mikania-micrantha-flowers-160and bittervine, this invasive weed is capable of growing one and a half feet per week. It thrives in Florida’s warm, humid environment, especially in the Redlands area of Homestead, where it was detected for the first time in the continental United States in 2009.

A rapidly growing climbing vine, it can smother and overwhelm other small plants and even large trees. Mile-a-minute can take over areas in only a few months.

It 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 in Florida
Mikania micrantha Pest Alert – DPI

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