As many suburban cities in the United States, the city of Gainesville, Florida, has a constant proliferation of invasive plant species that affect the native plant population. From primary forests to backyards, invasive species seem to be taking over the landscape.

The general population and those who own small land areas lack the knowledge to identify species that affect the native environment. With this in mind, I developed a comprehensive guide for land owners in Central Florida with details of the most common invasive plant species. I cataloged these species allowing any person without knowledge of invasive plant biology can understand their influence in the native ecosystem, and therefore, be able to find them and detect them in their own land (gardens and small farms).

Drawings: Gabriela Hernandez / Images: UF-IFAS,,,, UF-SNRE (Gerardo Celis), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, National Tropical Botanical Garden.