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Recent observations

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Square

Observer

dennis-mada

Date

February 3, 2016 10:33 AM EAT

Place

Anjozorobe (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

xinjie

Date

May 23, 2016 11:01 AM AWST

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Square

Observer

evahedstrom

Date

March 8, 2016

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

soapbush Clidemia hirta

Observer

lp1085

Date

May 21, 2016 09:58 AM EDT

Description

Invasive species.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Meadow beauty Rhexia mariana

Observer

geolover

Date

May 21, 2016 12:02 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

gabriel93

Date

April 27, 2015

Description

purple flower

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

soapbush Clidemia hirta

Observer

tavita_togia2016

Date

May 17, 2016

Description

Laau fulu (Clidemia hirta) is a member of the Melastomataceae (Melastome) family. It is a hairy shrub that can reach a height of up to 10 ft.; leaves are opposite and unequal, three-nerved from the base; 5 white petals; oval, blue-black, hairy berries. Prefers moist to wet forest in shaded to sunny areas; especially common in disturbed places such as clearings, along trails, and roads.
This shrub crowds out native species and forms a single-species stand on the floor, thus interfering with the water-holding capacity of the soil because soil-binding, mat-forming native mosses, liverworts, and fern die off beneath laau fulu. It is considered highly invasive in disturbed areas because fruits are eaten and dispersed by birds and pigs and the seeds are carried in the soil.

Reference:
Whistler, W. Arthur. 2002. The Samoan Rainforest: A Guide to the Vegetation of the Samoan Archipelago. Isle Botanica. Honolulu, HI.

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Square

Observer

vilseskog

Date

March 17, 2016 10:48 AM ADT

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Square

Observer

vilseskog

Date

March 17, 2016 12:19 PM ADT

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Observer

tavita_togia2016

Date

May 16, 2016

Description

Fua lole (Melastoma denticulatum) is a member of the Melastomaceae (Melastome) family. It is a native shrub or small tree that is occasionally found in coastal to montane forests as well as open places. This species has soft, velvety leaves densely covered with short hairs; the flowers, found at the end of the branches, are delicate and white with yellow filaments inside; fruits are round and split open to reveal a purple edible pulp containing many yellow seeds, which are probably eaten by iao or segasegamau’u. It also grows well in high light or in partial shade.

Reference:
Whistler, W. Arthur. 2000. Plants in Samoan Culture: The Ethnobotany of Samoa. Isle Botanica. Honolulu, HI

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

vilseskog

Date

March 14, 2016 11:28 AM ADT

Description

Walk from Rio Indio Adventor Lodge to San Juan de Nicaragua, NIcaragua

Photos / Sounds

What

Meadow beauty Rhexia mariana

Observer

anewman

Date

May 17, 2016
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Description from Wikipedia

The family Melastomataceae (alternatively Melastomaceae) is a taxon of dicotyledonous flowering plants found mostly in the tropics (two thirds of the genera are from the New World tropics) comprising some 200 genera and 4500 species. Melastomes are annual or perennial herbs, shrubs, or small trees.

No range data available.
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