Invasion of Melaleuca Quinquenervia in Southern Florida by: Val Steinbronn Introduced Species



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Invasion of Melaleuca Quinquenervia in Southern Florida by: Val Steinbronn


Introduced Species

  • Native to Australia

  • Impacts fire management in S. Florida

  • Changes soil topography

  • Invades Cladium jamaicensis marshes



Plant Facts



Fire Management Concerns



Integrated Pest Management



Biological Control Agents

  • 1997 Oxyops vitiosa (melaleuca leaf weevil)

  • 2002 Boreioglycaspis melaleucae (sap-sucking psyllid)

  • 2004 Fergusonina turneri (melaleuca bud gall fly)



Herbivory Study

  • Herbivory by Oxyops vitiosa reduces reproduction (Pratt et al 2005)



References

  • Flores, Alfredo. 2004. TAMEing Melaleuca with IPM. Agricultural Research. Vol. 52 Issue 11 2-6.

  • Flowers, J.D. 1991. Subtropical fire suppression in Melaleuca quinquenervia . Pp. 151 158. In: Center, T.D., R.F. Doren, R.L. Hofstetter, R.L. Myers, and L.D. Whiteaker, (eds.). Proc. Symp. Exotic Pest Plants, Nov. 2-4, 1988, Miami, Fl. NPS/NREVER/NRTR-91/06 Tech. Rept. , US Dept. Int., Nat. Park Serv., Denver, CO.

  • Laroche, F.B. 1994. Melaleuca Management Plan for Florida. Exotic Pest Plant Council. 88pp.

  • Wade, D.D. 1981. Some melaleuca-fire relationships including recommendations for homesite protection. pp. 29-35 In: R.K. Geiger, (ed) . Proc. Melaleuca Symp.Sept. 23-24,1980, Edison Comm. Coll., Ft. Myers. Fla. Dept. Agric. & Cons. Serv., Div. Forestry, Tallahassee.




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