Common weeds of the Carribean
top/latin | common
Amaranthaceae
Amaranthus spinosus L.
Boraginaceae
Heliotropium indicum L.
Compositacea
Emilia sonchifolia
Tridax procumbens L.
Convolvulacae
Ipomoea quinquefolia L.
Crassulacae
Bryophyllum Pinnatum Lam.
Cucurbitacea
Momordica charantia L.
Euphorbiacea
Euphorbia hypericifolia L.
Ricinus communis L.
Labiatae
Leonotis nepetaefolia (L.) R. Br.
Leguminosae
Vachelia farnesiana (L.) Wight.
Papaveracea
Argemone mexicana L.
Polygonaceae
Antigonon leptopus
Verbenaceae
Lantana camara L.
Olivia drew these weeds in January 1998 in EL Limon, a small village in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Although this is not a comprehensive study, because we drew the weeds which were easiest to find, you'll see many of these plants if you spend time in the region. We found Tropical Weeds by Cardenas useful, as well as The World's Worst Weeds by Hohn. An earlier version of our database, including weeds that we couldn't identify, can be found here.

We wrote descriptions of our weeds in XML and stored them in MySQL, a relational database. This site was generated with our software WEEDS 2, based on Java Server Pages. WEEDS 2 is freely available. We wrote a chapter (read it online) about this project for Professional Java Server Programming from Wrox Press.

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