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Tree mold evidence of Loulu Palm (Pritchardia sp.) Forest on the Kona Coast, Hawai'i

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Title: Tree mold evidence of Loulu Palm (Pritchardia sp.) Forest on the Kona Coast, Hawai'i
Authors: Woodcock, Deborah W.
LC Subject Headings: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (Hawaii)--Historical geography.
Lava flows--Hawaii--Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.
Pritchardia--Hawaii--Geographical distribution--History.
Natural history--Periodicals.
Science--Periodicals.
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Issue Date: Oct 2005
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Woodcock DW. Tree mold evidence of Loulu Palm (Pritchardia sp.) Forest on the Kona Coast, Hawai'i. Pac Sci 59(4): 491-498.
Series/Report no.: vol. 59, no. 4
Abstract: Lava flows at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the island of Hawai'i contain tree molds identified as native loulu (Pritchardia sp.) palms on the basis of gross morphology and surface features and patternings. The vegetation is reconstructed as loulu forest with an admixture of dicot species, represented by branched molds. Occurrence of loulu forest at ∼1000 B.P. (calibrated radiocarbon dates on charcoal from beneath the flow) suggests that these palms persisted into the early period of Polynesian settlement on the Kona coast and that Pritchardia was an important component of precontact vegetation in this area.
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24195
ISSN: 0030-8870
DOI: 10.1353/psc.2005.0053
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 59, Number 4, 2005



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