EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2005 Num. article: 2005/126

New EPPO List of invasive alien plants

EPPO, in the framework of the IPPC and of the European strategy on invasive alien species of the Bern Convention, is developing a cooperative European strategy for protection against invasive alien species. In 2005-06, the first EPPO list of invasive alien plants has been presented to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations, as a result of the work of the Panel on invasive alien species. This first list has been agreed, but work will continue. The following plants have been identified to pose an important threat to plant health, environment and biodiversity in the EPPO region. EPPO therefore recommends strongly to countries endangered by these species to take measures to prevent their further introduction and spread or manage unwanted populations (for example publicity, restriction on sale and planting, control).

Terrestrial plants
Aquatic plants
Acroptilon repens
Ailanthus altissima
Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Amelanchier spicata
Bidens frondosa
Cenchrus incertus
Cyperus esculentus
Fallopia japonica
Fallopia sachalinensis
Fallopia x bohemica
Helianthus tuberosus
Heracleum mantegazzianum
Heracleum sosnowskyi
Impatiens glandulifera
Lupinus polyphyllus
Lysichiton americanus *
Prunus serotina
Pueraria montana var. lobata
Rhododendron ponticum
Senecio inaequidens
Sicyos angulatus
Solanum elaeagnifolium
Solidago canadensis
Solidago gigantea
Solidago nemoralis
Azolla filiculoides
Crassula helmsii
Egeria densa
Elodea nuttallii
Hydrocotyle ranunculoides *
Lagarosiphon major
Ludwigia peploides
Ludwigia uruguayensis
Myriophyllum aquaticum

This list is maintained on the EPPO website and, in due course, datasheets, maps and illustrations will be added to document these invasive plant species.

*        In addition, these two plant species were also added as A2 pests to the EPPO Action List (pests recommended for regulation), see EPPO RS 2005/143.


EPPO Secretariat, 2005-09