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Caulerpa taxifolia (Vahl) C. Agardh
killer alga


General Information
Symbol: CATA5
Group: Green Algae
Family: Caulerpaceae
Duration:  
Growth Habit: Nonvascular
Native Status: L48   I
Other Common Names: caulerpa
Data Source and Documentation
Nativity
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   

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Synonyms

Classification

Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Division Chlorophyta – green algae
Class Chlorophyceae
Order Caulerpales
Family Caulerpaceae
Genus Caulerpa J.V.F. Lamouroux – caulerpa
Species Caulerpa taxifolia (Vahl) C. Agardh – killer alga

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds.
United States:
Noxious weed 1
Alabama
Class A noxious weed 1
Massachusetts
Prohibited
North Carolina
Class A noxious weed 1
Oregon
Quarantine 1
South Carolina
caulerpa
Invasive aquatic plant
Plant pest 1
Vermont
Class A noxious weed 1
1Mediterranean clone
U.S. Weed Information
Caulerpa taxifolia
killer algae
This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
US USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). 2012. Federal noxious weed list (1 February 2012). USDA, APHIS, PPQ. Washington, DC.
STATE Assorted authors. State noxious weed lists for 46 states. State agriculture or natural resource departments.

Wildlife

Food

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Cover

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Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover