Vitex rotundifolia L. f. (ITIS)
Beach vitex, chasteberry, roundleaf chastetree, Monk’s pepper
Asia (Olsen and Bell 2005)
1989-1990 (Olsen and Bell 2005)
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
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USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.
State and Local Government
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests
Hilton Head Island Municipal Government (South Carolina).
Mississippi State University. Extension.
Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.
See also: Species Factsheets for more fact sheets
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.
Cousins, M.C., J. Briggs, C. Gresham, J. Whetstone, and T. Whitwell. 2010. Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia): an invasive coastal species (PDF | 248 KB). Invasive Plant Science and Management 3:340–345.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Vitex rotundifolia. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
Olsen, R.T. and A.C. Bell. 2005. History of beach vitex cultivation: a potential invasive ornamental (PDF | 2.34 MB). In: B.L. James (Ed.), Proceedings of the 50th Annual Southern Nursery Association Research Conference (pp. 531-533). Atlanta, Ga.: Southern Nursery Association.