National Institute for Environmental Studies Invasive Species of Japan Japanese | English
  1. Invasive Species of Japan >
  2. Vascular plants >
  3. Sphagneticola trilobata

Sphagneticola trilobata

Basic information
Scientific name Sphagneticola trilobata

Click to magnify

Major synonym Wedelia trilobata
Common names Creeping daisy
Higher taxon Asteraceae, Asterales, Magnoliopsida, Magnoliophyta
Natural range Northern part of South America.
Habitat Slope with sunshine, humid habitat.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Okinawa Islands Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date 1970s
Route Deliberate: As ground cover plant.
Impact Competition, hybridization with native species.
Native organism(s) affected: Potentially: Native herbs (competition), Melanthera prostrata (hybridization)
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries Indonesia, Australia, United States (USA), Bermuda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mayotte, many Pacific islands (Samoa, Palau, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Guam, N Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia)
Reference Notes
  • ISSG. Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) (Accessed on 2011-12-20)
  • JWRC (ed) (2008) A Photographic Guide to the Invasive Alien Species in Japan. Heibonsha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The Invasive Alien Species Act (Accessed on 2011-12-20)
  • etc.
100 of the World’s worst Invasive Alien Species.
In Ogasawara Islands, Melanthera biflora have been established.