Q-bank Invasive Plants database

The Invasive Plants database focuses on vascular plants (excluding algae and mosses), with special attention to aquatic (non-marine) plants, because these plants cause acute and imminent problems in the ecozone comprising the Netherlands.

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The Invasive Plants database facilitates identification of species that

  1. Pose a (potential) threat to the biodiversity of the ecozone comprising northern Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, northwestern France and south-eastern England or
  2. Are regulated by third countries and are likely to be present as contaminant in commercial exports originating from the Netherlands.

Data sheets and Pest Risk Analyses as well as relevant EPPO-standards on management for Invasive Plants can be downloaded from www.eppo.int.

Initially developed as an information system for the Netherlands, the scope is widened to cover the north-western European Atlantic zone. Within the framework of the RINSE project (http://www.rinse-europe.eu)species coverage will be widened and fact sheets will be translated to French and English (June 2013). Not only are fact sheets translated, but the information pertaining to distribution and possible look-alikes you may encounter is updated for the situation in Belgium, north-western France and England. In addition to the already available 5 interactive identification keys in English and Dutch , French versions will be available by June 2013.

Under the lemma ¨Identification¨ you can find 5 identification keys for 5 groups of invasive plants, viz.:

  1. seeds of invasive plants SeedlingsSemiszaailingen
  2. weeds in bonsai plants SeedlingsSemiszaailingen
  3. seedlings of invasive plants SeedlingsSemiszaailingen
  4. invasive aquatic plants SeedlingsSemiszaailingen
  5. invasive terrestrial plants SeedlingsSemiszaailingen

The header “Control” provides links to management support information for 4 of the most troublesome aquatic non-native species in north-western Europe (Cabomba caroliniana, Hydrocotyle ranunculoides, Myriophyllum aquaticum, Ludwigia grandiflora). This information was generated within the EUPHRESCO DeCLAIM project.To promote the actual use of the information by land managers information is provided in English and Dutch.
To further promote public awareness on invasive non-native plants, knowledge documents and risk assessments for the Netherlands are provided for 3 aquatic and 3 terrestrial plant species.

Species that are on the the Union List EU regulated species can be consulted.

English factsheets  English factsheets  

French facsheets  French factsheets

Dutch factsheets  Dutch factsheets

42 records have a link to a similar species ('look-alikes') page

Molecular data are available for a number of invasive plants, particularly invasive aquatic plants.

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Dr. J.L.C.H. (Johan) van Valkenburg

Dr. Johan van Valkenburg
Curator Invasive Plants database
Phytosanitary expertise
National Reference Centre, Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)
the Netherlands 

 Dr. H. (Leni) Duistermaat

Dr. Leni Duistermaat
Curator Invasive Plants database
Taxonomic expertise and collections
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
the Netherlands

 Dr. F. (Filip) Verloove

Filip Verloove
Curator Invasive Plants database
Taxonomic expertise and collections
National Botanic Garden of Belgium  


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