Weeds of Wednesday: FISC

The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council has changed its name to Florida Invasive Species Council (FISC). Click here to visit their new website.

Why the change? The term invasive exotic pest plant was a mouthful and resulted in much confusion around the idea of invasive native plants.

According to the University of Florida (and other universities), an invasive plant is: (a) is nonnative to a specified geographic area, (b) was introduced by humans (intentionally or unintentionally), and (c) does or can cause environmental or economic harm or harm to humans. Click here for a review of invasive plant terminology from the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Whatever you call then, there still are way too many of them!

Try to pluck them up when they are young. Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia) seedlings are pictured below (“mom” is pictured above with fruits) …

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