Miconia calvescens

Family Melastomataceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [NSW's Noxious Weeds; Species targeted for eradication; World's Worst Invasive Alien Species]
Common namesBush Currant, Miconia, Purple Plague, Velvetleaf
SynonymsCyanophyllum magnificum Groenl.; Melastoma mandioccana Raddi; Miconia arborea Pav. ex Triana; Miconia magnifica (Groenl.) Triana; Miconia velutina L. Linden & Rodigas
Growth formShrub, Tree
Seed dispersal morphologyFleshy fruit/Edible/Aril
Maximum height (m)15
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeNorth America, South America
Exotic range (Australia)QLD, NSW
Exotic range (other)Pacific Ocean Islands, Asia, Atlantic Ocean Islands, Indian Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Forest, Grassland, Thickets, Riparian systems
Soil type (exotic)Moist soils
Decade of introduction1960

Rating [?]

Climate scenario Australia ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Current climate 300160260000
RCP 8.5 2050 300260300020
RCP 8.5 2070 300280300462

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2050 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2070 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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Further Information