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Kudzu

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Kudzu
Kudzu, old infestation draped on killed trees in July - Photo by James H. Miller; USDA, Forest Service
Scientific Name: 

Pueraria montana var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep (ITIS)

Common Name: 

Kudzu

Native To: 
Date of U.S. Introduction: 

Late 1800s (Everest et al. 1999)

Means of Introduction: 

Introduced as an ornamental and for erosion control (Everest et al. 1999)

Impact: 

Crowds out native species (Everest et al. 1999)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.

Images

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Videos

Google. YouTube; Oklahoma State University. SUNUP TV. 

Google. YouTube; United States Department of Agriculture.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Kudzu.

Council or Task Force

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.

Partnership
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions; Atlas of Living Australia; Australian Government. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Federal Government
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

International Government

Business Queensland (Australia).

State and Local Government

Oregon Department of Agriculture.

See also: Weed Resources for more risk assessments

Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.

See also: Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.
See also: Forest Health Publications for more Invasive Species Leaflets
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Missouri Department of Conservation.

See also: Invasive and Problem Plant Control (scroll to Invasive Plants section) for more information to help you identify and control most common invasive plants in Missouri

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

Alabama Forestry Commission.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Academic

Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information

Mississippi State University. Extension.

Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

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

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