wiliwili tree survey waimea 2009.04.11


Lalamilo Farm, Kamuela, Hawaii. Two volunteers , Laura Anderson and Francesca Goldberg, and I did a brief survey of the wiliwili trees mauka of Lalamino Farms. Our objective is to collect seeds, located the trees using Iphone Google Maps, and note their conditions. We use a simple designation to note their health: H1, H2, H3 and H4 where H4 is the healthiest. H1 tree is still alive but have little or no leaves, 0<1%, yellow or diseased, with no seeds. H2 is healthier than H1 with more leaves, 1%-30%, yellowing and diseased, with some healthy and damaged seeds. H3 is healthier than h2 with more leaves, 30%-70%, green leaves some yellowing and diseased with more healthy and diseased seeds. H4 is the healthiest and full of leaves some minor yellowing and diseased, 70%<100%, deep green leaves with abundance of bright orange red seeds though some are diseased. Our designation is simple but I feel that this is a good starting point for monitoring their health.

We locate trees in group even if there is only one plant. Group 1 and Group 2 have the healthiest trees of four. One tree each in both of these groups gets our H4 designation for being healthiest. Most seeds were collected from the H4 tree of Group 2.