Clidemia hirta

Family Melastomataceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [NSW's Noxious Weeds; Species targeted for eradication; World's Worst Invasive Alien Species]
Common namesClidemia, Hairy Clidemia, Koster's Curse, Soap Bush, Soapbush
SynonymsClidemia hirta var. chrysantha Cogn.; Clidemia hirta var. elegans (Aubl.) Griseb.
Growth formShrub
Seed dispersal morphologyFleshy fruit/Edible/Aril
Maximum height (m)5
Capable of vegetative reproductionInformation unavailable
Native rangeCentral America, North America South America, West Indes
Exotic range (Australia)QLD
Exotic range (other)Eastern Africa, Asia, Indian Ocean Islands, Oceania, Pacific Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Agricultural land, Disturbed areas (including trails), Forest, Grasslands, Pastures, Thickets, Wet sclerophyll forest
Soil type (exotic)Information unavailable
Decade of introduction2000

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 2

Species has either an increase in the area of suitable habitat or habitat suitability of observations under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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