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Interim List of Invasive Species of Woody and Herbaceous Plants

Herbaceous and Woody Species

September 18, 2009 - An interim list of invasive species of herbaceous and woody plants has been made available until an official list is released.

Herbaceous Species (Interim list)
Scientific Name Common Name
Aegopodium podagraria Goutweed
Alliaria petiolata Garlic mustard
Akebia quinata Five-leaf akebia
Cabomba caroliniana Carolina fanwort
Centaurea biebersteinii Spotted knapweed
Centaurea jacea Brown knapweed
Centaurea nigra Black knapweed
Cirsium arvense Canada thistle
Cynanchum louiseae Black swallow-wort
Cynanchum rossicum Pale swallow-wort
Festuca arundinacea Tall fescue
Hedera helix English ivy
Heracleum mantegazzianum Giant hogweed
Hydrocharis morsus-ranae European frogbit
Lespedeza cuneata Sericea lespedeza
Lythrum salicaria Purple loosestrife
Lysimachia nummularia Moneywort
Microstegium viminium Stilt grass
Myriophyllum spicatum Eurasian water milfoil
Phalaris arundinacea Reed canary grass
Phragmites australis Common reed
Polygonum cuspidatum Japanese knotweed
Polygonum perfoliatum Mile-a-minute vine
Potamogeton crispus Curly pondweed
Pueraria lobata Kudzu
Ranunculus ficaria Lesser celandine
Trapa natans Water chestnut


Woody Species (Interim list)
Scientific Name Common Name
Acer platanoides Norway maple
Ailanthus altissimus Tree of heaven
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Porcelain berry
Berberis thunbergii Japanese barberry
Berberis vulgaris Common barberry
Celastrus orbiculatus Oriental bittersweet
Eleagnus umbellata Autumn olive
Eleagnus angustifolia Russian olive
Lonicera japonica Japanese honeysuckle
Lonicera maackii Amur honeysuckle
Lonicera morrowii Morrows honeysuckle
Lonicera tatarica Tatarian honeysuckle
Lonicera x bella Fly honeysuckle
Rhamnus cathartica Common buckthorn
Rhamnus frangula Glossy buckthorn
Robinia pseudoacacia Black locust
Rosa multiflora Multiflora rose
Rubus phoenicolasius Wineberry
Spiraea japonica Japanese spiraea

Please browse our Invasive Species pages to learn about animal and plants species which directly impact New York State.

Animal Species
Plant Species

Information Resources Links

Invasive and Exotic Species to North America (Invasive.org)
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Invasive and Noxious Weeds - USDA NRCS Plants Database

Invasive Plant Council of New York State (IPCNYS) The purpose of the Invasive Plant Council of New York State is to provide an information clearinghouse for invasive plant identification, research and management.

Invasive Species - USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) - USDA Natural Agricultural Library

New York Invasive Species Information - Cornell University Cooperative Extension)

New York Invasive Species Research Institute  - Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The mission of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute is to coordinate invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State.

Nuisance and Invasive Species (NYSDEC) New York Department of Environmental Conservation

The National Invasive Species Council  (NISC)
The National Invasive Species Council provides high-level interdepartmental coordination of federal invasive species actions and works with other federal and non-federal groups to address invasive species issues at the national level.