EPPO Global Database

Cardiospermum grandiflorum(CRIGR)

Distribution details in Malta

Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2013: Present, few occurrences
EPPO Reporting Service (2013/067) : First report of Cardiospermum grandiflorum in Malta
In Malta, Cardiospermum grandiflorum (Sapindaceae, EPPO Alert List) has recently been recorded as invading the Natura 2000 site ‘Wied Babu’ in Żurrieq. The species has been introduced as an ornamental plant in Malta and escaped, and is now considered to have devastating impacts on the native biodiversity of the island.

EPPO Reporting Service (2013/112)
* Ameen J (2013) Valley flora being slowly choked by invasive plant. Times of Malta. 9 March 2013.

* MEPA (2013) Guidelines on managing non-native plant invaders and restoring native plant communities in terrestrial settings in the Maltese Islands. 88 p.