All species in the genus Tibouchina, also known as glory bush, yesterday-today-tomorrow, lasiandra, princess flower, glory tree, cane tibouchina, or longleaf glory tree, are listed on Hawaii's Noxious Weed List. These species threaten native areas by forming monotypic thickets that outcompete and displace native plants. Tibouchina longifolia has naturalized in native ohia forest on the Big Island. Tibouchina urvilleana and Tibouchina herbacea have infested areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Many of the species have showy flowers that make them a popular ornamental, alluring gardeners unaware of their weedy behavior.
Tibouchina species belong to the family Melastomataceae, which includes Miconia calvescens and many other highly invasive plants. Some Tibouchina species are considered invasive in New Zealand and are excluded from French Polynesia.
The only known population of naturalized Tibouchina on Oahu has been removed. However, some species of Tibouchina are still found in private gardens.
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