Description: 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.
Image type: Field
Image location: United States
Name: U.S. Geological Survey Archive
Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Country: United States