Buermeyer, K., L. Loope, A.M. La Rosa, and R. Hauff. 2008. Ohia: Backbone of Hawaii's terrestrial ecosystems and culture. Poster presentation at International Union of Forestry Research Organizations, Conference on Invasive Species in International Trade, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, May 27-30, 2008.
Hawaii's dominant native forest tree, ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha), provides the backbone of Hawaii's terrestrial ecosystems and the fabric that harbors the rich remains of the archipelago's native fauna and flora, 90% of which is endemic, and at least 20% endangered.
Although Hawai`i has lost half of
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