Sunday, August 19, 2018

Canoe Plants - Foreigner Plants

A  L  O  H  A !
Manoa Valley Cloud Shadows

“All shadows of clouds the sun cannot 
like the moon cannot stop oceanic 
but a hidden star can still be 
at night's black spell on darkness, 
                Munia Khan

Lychee Bandits!
"Most people … do not know that when the white man came Honolulu was a treeless, sandy plain, with a fringe of cocoanut trees along the shore. Honolulu, as it is to-day, is the creation of the foreigner. It is his handiwork. Walk into one of the numerous yards where plants and trees and vines are growing, as though on their native soil, and you will find that every one of them has been imported within a comparatively recent period. … Here is the rubber tree, the banyan, the baobab, the litchee, the avocado, the mango, and palms innumerable." 
            John Leavitt Stevens
 'Honolulu, and Other Places of Interest', 
Picturesque Hawaii (1894)

"Canoe plants, or Polynesian introductions, 
are plants taken from ancient Polynesia and transplanted to other Pacific Islands."

By the voyaging Hawaiians themselves.
          List of such plants:  Link


Thank YOU
             Fondly, cloudia


Elephant's Child said...

Love that the canoe plants are useful (and were used) as well as beautiful.

Mike said...

"plants taken from ... and transplanted"

Every place on earth has this problem now. They're called invasive species. Around here one of the worst ones is the honeysuckle. It's prolific and it sends out roots that poison the roots of other plants.

Caro G said...

Love that the plants have added to the lushness of the verdancy in Honolulu. Though I agree with Mike about the invasive species - everywhere - am pulling out dog-strangling vine everywhere I find it.

RedPat said...

Humanity always seems to want to help nature even if nature doesn't want the help.

William Kendall said...

That valley is astonishing.

Adam said...

Nice quotes

Teresa said...

Gorgeous pictures and interesting facts. Thanks for the education.

Fireblossom said...

That is fascinating, about the plants!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The flora of the world are continually in flux; whether man had a hand in it or not.

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...