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An invasive exotic species introduced from Brazil (originally from Africa) as a fodder grass for cattle, para grass has spread uncontrollably throughout wetland areas here and abroad. Identified as a category 1 invasive plant on the Florida Invasive Plant List, Para Grass is common in the marshes along the Myakka River. A long lived plant, with a rapid growth rate, para grass displaces native plant species and lowers plant biodiversity, significantly altering the marsh community.
Latin Name: Urochloa Mutica
Species Alert! Exotic