Corallita

Invasive species cause major ecological effects as well as economic losses across sectors such as agriculture (weeds ), tourism (roadside weedy species) . The conventions and treaties CBD, IMO, BWM and IPPC call for action to halt the spread of invasive species. Native vegetation is in competition with the Mexican Creeper vine also called Corallita. This vine was introduced to Saba and St.Eustatius many years ago as an ornamental species and has become an invasive plant. Native trees are overgrown with Corallita, fences around private houses are torn down by the weight of the vine allowing for roaming animals to enter and destroy yards. Large trees are killed by the vine which grows over and chokes them.