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Pritchardia marti habitat, north shore Oahu Hawaii

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colin Peters

Usually the trade winds fill the mountains with clouds, but this was an onshore "Kona" wind day, so crystal clear for the early going. Ran most of the way up. 

One shot is of Pritchardia kahukuensis, the rest are P. marti, as best as I can tell. One shot is of the trail going under a large Koa tree. Gotta be worth some cash. One shot

shows the tunnel of strawberry guava, a very highly invasive specie here, becoming a sea of it here, and swallowing all natives as it advances. 

One of my favorite areas to go to. Aloha 

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Frond-friend42

I love it. Thanks

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Stevetoad

Awesome! 

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colin Peters

Thanks, it was fun. I will say in all the travels to P. bakeri, kahukuensis, and marti, over the past 10 years or so . I have never seen a single ripe seed. 

rats are eating all of them and gradually as the old trees die off the Pritchardia in habitat will die out, I hope this is wrong. 

aloha

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akamu

Thank you so much for sharing the habitat shots I think we all enjoy them very much hopefully you are wrong about the rats. The pictures,are great aloha 

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Tracy
19 hours ago, colin Peters said:

Thanks, it was fun. I will say in all the travels to P. bakeri, kahukuensis, and marti, over the past 10 years or so . I have never seen a single ripe seed. 

rats are eating all of them and gradually as the old trees die off the Pritchardia in habitat will die out, I hope this is wrong. 

aloha

I haven't researched and am sure there are efforts to try to control or eradicate the rats (eradication probably not realistic at this late point).  Any information you can share about efforts to help save these indigenous palms in habitat?

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palmfriend

Great photos - thank you very much for sharing!

best regards from Okinawa - 

Lars

 

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colin Peters

Tracy, I don't know of any in particular to save the palms, but one group is trying to save and study the 

native Oahu elepaio, a native bird, by putting rat traps out.  In the back of Aina Hina valley, just a couple of miles

from here.  My son took a field trip there in HS and said it was cool to see and hear them.  It seems to be working on 

controlling the rats, and they are able to reproduce.  I used to see them in Kuliouou, but haven't heard one in many years.  

There are lots of Pritchardia here in botanical gardens and they seem to have black ripe seed, at least on the ones

I have seen.   Aloha

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WaianaeCrider

Great photo's.  Here are a few deep down in one of those valleys right at stream level.  Lots of fruit and I've seen lots of ripe fruit in the valley.

The guy in the floppy hat is Dr. Hodel who I took into the valley to show off it's many P. martii's in 2009.

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colin Peters

Super cool Steve.  Thanks for sharing. 

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