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Native to the Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores. It was introduced to Hawaii as an ornamental, probably by Portuguese laborers, who made wine from the fruit. It was first recorded in Hawaii in 1900. Firetree increases available nitrogen on new volcanoe sites. This allows nonnative plants to invade before native species have a chance to become established.
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Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Hamamelidae
Order: Myricales
Family: Myricaceae
Genus: Morella
Subject: Morella faya (Ait.) Wilbur
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Image uploaded:
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Image last updated:
Monday, October 18, 2010