Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Cuphea ignea A. DC.
Synonyms: Cuphea platycentra auct. non Benth., Cuphea platycentra Lem.
Common names: cigar flower (English), firecracker plant (English), herbe cigarette (French-Reunion (La Réunion)), herbe piment (French-Reunion (La Réunion))
Organism type: shrub
Cuphea ignea is an ornamental plant that has become naturalized in a few cases. This is a major invasive plant of La Réunion where it can become dominant or co-dominant in natural or semi-natural environments and threaten the composition, structure and functioning of ecosystems.
natural forests, planted forests, riparian zones, ruderal/disturbed, wetlands
Native range: Mexico.
Known introduced range: Hawaii, Fiji, La Réunion (PIER, 2006).
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008