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Saving Hawaii From Alien Plants

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Photo of Joshua Atwood removing an invasive plant from Manoa Valley on the island of O'ahu.

O'ahu Early Detection Project intern Joshua Atwood assists botanists from the O'ahu Invasive Species Committee in removing the invasive plant Miconia calvescens from Manoa Valley on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii.

Credit: Joshua Atwood, University of Rhode Island


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Photo of a botanical survey truck used in a roadside survey across the island of O'ahu.

Botanists from the O'ahu Early Detection Project use a botanical survey truck to conduct a roadside survey across the island of O'ahu. Here, they are recording the first documented naturalization of a common ornamental plant, Schefflera arboricola, found growing in the crux of a tall tree.

Credit: Joshua Atwood, University of Rhode Island


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Photo of Joshua Atwood and Danielle Frohlich using a key to identify a non-native palm species.

Joshua Atwood and internship host Danielle Frohlich, a botanist with the O'ahu Early Detection Project, use a key to identify a non-native palm species during a botanical survey in Waipahu, O'ahu.

Credit: Joshua Atwood, University of Rhode Island


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Photo of a festival at Honolulu's Bishop Museum that promotes the use of native Hawaiian plants.

The Hawaiian Electric Company sponsors a festival at Honolulu's Bishop Museum to promote the growth and use of native Hawaiian plants.

Credit: Joshua Atwood, University of Rhode Island


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