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Vegetation of an Alpine Bog on East Maui, Hawaii

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Title: Vegetation of an Alpine Bog on East Maui, Hawaii
Authors: Vogl, Richard J.
Henrickson, James
Issue Date: Oct 1971
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Vogl RJ, Henrickson J. 1971. Vegetation of an alpine bog on east Maui, Hawaii. Pac Sci 25(4): 475-483.
Abstract: Ten species of vascular plants, two bryophytes, and one lichen comprised
the flora of a bog located on the northeast outer slopes of Haleakala Crater
at 7,440 ft elevation. The vegetation was dominated by Carex montis-eeka and
Deschampsia australis, along with lesser amounts of Oreobolus furcatus and the
dwarf Vactinium pahalae. Despite its higher location, the area shares similarities
with other Hawaiian bogs, except that it possesses a very simple flora. Lobelia and/or
Argyroxiphium spp. may have once existed in the bog but could have been eliminated
by past heavy grazing. The bog occupies a large saucer-shaped depression
filled with acid peat. It is considered to have developed by the process of hydrarch
plant succession rather than the usual site deterioration and plant retrogression.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 25, Number 4, 1971

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