Species Family Common name Andropogon bicornis (L) Poaceae Beard grass Clidemia hirta
Gleason (EU055663, Wiegend, 5560): Clidemia hirta
The idea of working together to address alien invasions on Maui was stimulated by the threat to conservation lands from Miconia calvescens, Tibouchina herbacea (glorybush), and Clidemia hirta
(Koster's curse)--three aggressively invasive plants in the family Melastomataceae.
All plants were recorded from roadside banks and open areas in Sinharaja forest associated with sun loving plants, such as Clidemia hirta
Azolla filiculoides, Cabomba caroliniana, Eichhornia crassipes, Pistia stratiotes, and Saluinia molesta), humid terrestrial weeds (Ageratina adenophora, Chromolaena odorata, Clidemia hirta
, Coccinia grandis, Cyperus rotundus, Ipomea carnea, Lantana camara, Mikania micrantha, Mimosa spp.
The effectiveness of the weed biocontrol Liothrips urichi Karny (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) released for biocontrol of the weed, Clidemia hirta
(Melastomataceae), in HI has been reduced by generalist predators (Reimer 1988).