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Loulu: The Hawaiian Palm

Copyright Date: 2012
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    The only native palms in Hawai'i, loulu are among the Islands' most distinctive plants. Several of the 24 recognized species are rare and endangered and all make handsome and appropriate ornamentals to adorn gardens and landscapes with their dramatic foliage, colorful flower clusters, and conspicuous fruits. In this volume, Donald Hodel shares his expertise on loulu, having traveled extensively throughout Hawai'i to research and photograph nearly all the species in their native habitat. In the course of his work, he described and named three loulu that were new to science.Each of the 24 species is treated in detail and this book is handsomely illustrated with more than 200 color photographs that clearly show leaves, flower stalks, fruits, and habitat. Chapters on loulu history, botany, ecology, conservation, uses, and propagation and culture provide essential background information for readers, whatever their level of interest or expertise. In the appendices, they will find a concise summary of loulu, lists of species by island, and an illustrated compendium of exotic, naturalized palms of Hawai'i and relatives of loulu found throughout the South Pacific.As interest in growing and conserving native Hawaiian plants surges while their numbers and habitat continue to decline,Loulu: The Hawaiian Palmwill be valued as one of the most comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated treatments of these exceptional plants.255 color illus., 37 maps

    eISBN: 978-0-8248-6578-8
    Subjects: Botany & Plant Sciences

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-x)

    William Hillebrand, in his pioneeringFlora of the Hawaiian Islandspublished in 1888, noted the presence of but two species ofloulu(Pritchardia). Then in 1913, Joseph Rock greatly expanded our knowledge of the endemiclouluinThe Indigenous Trees of the Hawaiian Islands,which was thoroughly illustrated with clear black and white photos, at the time a relatively new tool for the botanist. Shortly thereafter in 1921, Odoardo Beccari, then the world palm authority, and Rock authored their seminal publication,A Monographic Study of the Genus Pritchardia,which further increased our understanding of the known Hawaiianloulu.And now,...

  4. Foreword
    (pp. xi-xvi)

    Some of the readers ofLoulu: The Hawaiian Palmwill probably be professional botanists, and for that reason I feel that I should begin with a disclaimer. I am not a scientist of any kind but a writer and amateur gardener. My relation to Pritchardias and to other forms of life has grown out of the pleasure they have given to me rather than from purely intellectual curiosity. From childhood on, I have tried to make gardens, even when I did not know the names of what I was cultivating. The individual species, after all, have only the names that...

  5. Preface
    (pp. xvii-xx)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  7. 1 Introduction to Loulu
    (pp. 1-66)

    One of the most isolated groups of islands in the world, Hawai‘i is about 2,500 miles southwest of the western coast of the United States, the closest continental land mass, and a similar distance from the closest high islands to the south and west. Volcanic in origin, it comprises eight main islands and scores of small, low islands or atolls stretching for over 1,500 miles nearly in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. Hawai‘i is blessed with spectacular geophysical features and a myriad of climates that have resulted in a unique but fragile, highly endemic, and now endangered flora...

  8. 2 The Guide to Loulu
    (pp. 67-152)

    A handsome and rather large palm, the East Maui Loulu occurs on the northern and northeastern slopes of Haleakala and is distinctive in its nearly flat leaf blades with rusty-brown-tinged, silvery gray or coppery undersides, abundant fibers at the base of the leaf stalk, and large fruit.

    Rock found the East Maui Loulu in May 1911 on the northern slope of Haleakala “in dense swampy forest above Honomanu, at about 1000 m. elevation” (Beccari and Rock 1921, 64). Rock collected and sent specimens to Beccari, who in 1913 formally named and describedPritchardia arecina.Beccari selected the epithet because the...

  9. APPENDIX 1. Loulu at a Glance
    (pp. 153-160)
  10. APPENDIX 2. List of Loulu by Island
    (pp. 161-162)
  11. APPENDIX 3. Naturalized Palms in Hawai‘i
    (pp. 163-170)
  12. APPENDIX 4. South Pacific Pritchardia
    (pp. 171-174)
  13. APPENDIX 5. Nomenclature, Synonymy, and Types of Hawaiian Loulu
    (pp. 175-178)
  14. Further Reading
    (pp. 179-180)
  15. Index
    (pp. 181-192)
  16. Back Matter
    (pp. 193-195)