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A new invasive flora species was found in the Azores

A new invasive flora species was found in the Azores

Nov. 12, 2021

The Park Rangers Corps identified, for the first time, the existence of a highly invasive species – the Pueraria lobata (or commonly known as kudzu) – on the island of São Miguel.

It is a climbing plant native of Asia and some islands of the Pacific Ocean. However, it is considered to be invasive in many parts of the world, causing big damage due to its fast-growing and consequently growing over other species, thus blocking most of the sunlight.

This way, we ask the population to collaborate, not only on São Miguel but also on the other islands where this species can already exist, by reporting to the Island Environment and Climate Change Services if you observe outbreaks of this plant so that they can proceed as soon as possible with its removal. 

We can only prevent the dispersion of this species with your help. We count on your collaboration!

The Regional Secretariat for the Environment and Climate Change invites you to visit the LIFE IP AZORES NATURA's website on

With the financial support of the LIFE Programme of the European Union.


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