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Subject: Kudzu discovered in Washington State, U.S.A.
Publicada: January 10, 2002
Source: Washington Department of Agriculture
Four specimens of kudzu, Pueraria montana, popularly coined the "plant that ate the south", were found at a privately owned site near Vancouver, WA in the southwestern part of the state. The plants were promptly destroyed and an initial survey of surrounding properties did not find additional infestations. A more comprehensive survey will be carried out in the spring.

The closest incidence of kudzu to Washington State was in late 2000, when a kudzu patch of about half an acre was found in Clackamas County, Oregon, the first occurrence of this vine west of Texas.