Tropical Gardening: Hawaii flora bound for big changes

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise The fruit of our endemic loulu palms are a tasty treat for feral pigs and rats. The seeds seldom have a chance to germinate thus pushing these Hawaiian palm species to the verge of extinction.

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly made us aware of how our individual lives and even society can be altered in a very short time by disease organisms. Our forests and landscapes can change rapidly as well. A very warm, wet period or a dry one can drastically alter the species makeup of a forest. For example, our ohia forests are suffering not only from Rapid Ohia Death, but from other diseases as well.