Florida's Exotic and Invasive Species
According to the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, "invasive
exotic pest plants are biological pollutants that wipe out more
natural habitat every year than development."
In Fiscal Year 1999-2000, the State of Florida spent $90,836,680
on exotic plant and animal and insect control.
Approximately 1.7 million acres of Florida's remaining natural
areas have been invaded by exotic plant species.
Florida's ecosystems are unique. Exotic species alter the landscape
of Florida and render habitats unsuitable to native species. This
reduces biodiversity and puts additional strain on endangered species,
of which Florida has more than any other state in the continental
The species listed below are just a sample of the exotic species
that are affecting Florida's flora and fauna.