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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Brazilian pepper
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Schinus terebinthifolius is a native of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and was introduced in Florida as an ornamental shrub. Brazilian pepper is ranked among the most important threats to biodiversity in the South Florida ecosystem and occupies more area in the state than any other invasive species. This shrub not only threatens endangered flora and fauna but many citizens suffer from allergic reactions to the airborne volatiles produced.

 

Brazilian pepper.


Last Modified: 5/1/2007