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Myrtaceae -- Myrtle family

    Ken Adee and C. Eugene Conrad

    'Ohi'a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is the most  abundant and widespread tree in Hawaii. This slow growing native  hardwood seeds freely and often starts as an epiphyte in fern  forests. It is the first tree to appear on new lava flows where  it offers watershed protection. The wood is of fine even texture  and takes a good polish. It is used for flooring, fenceposts, and  fuel. This tree provides important habitat to native birds,  several endangered.

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Ken Adee

Source: Silvics of North America

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