EPPO Global Database

Ambrosia confertiflora(FRSCO)

Distribution details in Israel

Situation
Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2016: Present, restricted distribution
First recorded in: 1990
Comments
In Israel, A. confertiflora began to spread in the Shechem area in central Samaria during the mid-1990s. It is now widespread in Samaria, especially along roads and in cultivated areas, but also in Nature Reserves such as wadi Qana. The plant spread westwards and is now present in the Emek Hefer area (Sharon region), where 480 ha of riverbanks along the Alexander river are already heavily infested. The plant also spread eastward along wadi Tirza and has reached the Northern Jordan Valley. Additional foci were recently discovered along the Yarkon River, on the Carmel mount, in the Haifa region, in the southern part of Yizre'el valley in lower Galilee, and in the south near Gadera and in the Ashdod area.
References
* Dufour-Dror JM (2016) Improving the prevention of alien plant invasion in the EPPO region: the need to focus on highly invasive plants with (still) limited distribution - examples from Israel. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 46(2), 341-347.

* Dufour-Dror JM (2012) Alien invasive plants in Israel. The Middle East Nature Conservation Promotion Association. ISBN 978-965-90292-2-8. 213 pp.

* Flora of Israel online, Ambrosia confertiflora.
http://flora.huji.ac.il/browse.asp?action=specie&specie=AMBCON