FPL | Brazilian Pepper
 

Brazilian Pepper

Origin: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay

Impact: Brazilian Pepper was originally brought to the United States as an ornamental plant for people's yards.

It is a fast growing, large plant that has no predators in this country. As a result, it easily and quickly moves to nearby natural areas and displaces native species.

It reduces the diversity of the ecosystem and excludes plants important to the survival of other inhabitants of that ecosystem.

Of all exotic plants in Florida, Brazilian Pepper is the most aggressive and widespread, covering more than 700,000 acres in south Florida.

 

Schinus terebinthifolius

Photo courtesy of South Florida Water Management District