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Beach Vitex

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Beach vitex
Scientific Name:

Vitex rotundifolia L. f. (ITIS)

Common Name:

Beach vitex, chasteberry, roundleaf chastetree, Monk’s pepper

Beach vitex infestation, plants stripped of runner and fruit by major winter storm - Photo by Randy Westbrooks; Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Native To:
Date of U.S. Introduction:
Means of Introduction:

Introduced for erosion control (Olsen and Bell 2005)


Crowds out native species and may destroy sea turtle nesting habitat (Cousins et al. 2010)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Federal Government

USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

State and Local Government

Hilton Head Island Municipal Government (South Carolina).


Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.