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Tropical Zone Gardening: Hiking with a Russian Botanist.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
1:31 AM

Post #6877845

Meet Dr. Alexei Oskolski. A senior researcher at the Komarov Botanical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.

He was in Hawai'i this past week to study plants in the Ginseng Family, Arailiaceae. I helped him find those plants.

Here he is in the Kilauea Forest.

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RachelLF

RachelLF

July 29, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6877856

Wow! Looking forward to more.

Rachel
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6877857

very cool!

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
1:45 AM

Post #6877914

This is a silhouette of Tetraplasandra oahuensis; one of the main species of Alexei's study.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6877961

Here is a seedling of Tetraplasandra kavaiensis. It is very rare, and may soon become Listed Endangered.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
2:10 AM

Post #6878002

Of course Alexei was fascinated with the unusual plants of Hawai'i's Rainforests. He took several photos of this Mamaki bush Pipturus albidus, in full bloom! It is a member of the Nettles Family, Urticaceae.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
2:28 AM

Post #6878154

I quickly figured out, what makes Russian folks happy. Show them Hawaiian plants!

This was a hit! Clermontia lindseyana, a Listed Endangered member of the Lobelia Family, Campanulaceae. The Kilauea Forest is one of the few places that the plant still exists.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6878290

We also went to Volcanoes National Park to see plants.

This is a rare sedge found only on new lava flows, Fimbristylis hawaiiensis.

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RachelLF

RachelLF

July 29, 2009
2:54 AM

Post #6878333

Chuckle! What plant from Hawaii does not catch the interest of out-sider's!! ;-)

Carry on...

Rachel

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
2:59 AM

Post #6878359

Another plant restricted to new lava flows on Hawai'i Island is 'Akia, Wikstroemia uva-ursi.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
3:16 AM

Post #6878418

Some of the plants that Alexei is studying are found right in my garden. Such as this, Ozmoxylon linearis. It contains pseudofruit that the plant produces to attract pollinators to the true flowers.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
3:40 AM

Post #6878509

Alexei's English was not very good, and I have no Russian to offer; but when he would say something like: "Vat ease Cyanea?" I knew what to do.

Here is Cyanea tritomantha in the Pu'u Maka'ala Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 29, 2009
4:07 AM

Post #6878604

Alexei left, well pleased with the research he did while here. He said that he had enough research material to help write several papers on rare tropical Arailiads, and other members of the Apiales Order.

Alexei has a lot of material available for viewing and study. He is involved with a large amount of plant research.
Google: Dr. Alexei Oskolski, and Komarov Botanical Institute to find out more.

Here is another view of Clermontia lindseyana with an open flower!

Aloha, Dave

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lorien4
Camarillo, CA

July 29, 2009
4:09 AM

Post #6878610

Must have been an interesting excursion. Oddly enough there is a tetraplasandra growing in the gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. Until I saw that specimen I thought they could not survive out of doors in California.
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 29, 2009
11:29 AM

Post #6879140

Those Russians get around. Some of the early work done on New Guinea flora was by a Russian botanist. Had to check what exactly Araliaceae were. We only have 3 here in the Territory, although of them the Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla) would be the most widespread these days.

I can't imagine your Russian coming up with "Cyanea", though. It would have been in Cyrillic script. ;O)
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

July 29, 2009
11:53 AM

Post #6879191

Would have looked more like this: Cуяныя
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #6881063

Sounds like he hooked up with the right guy there in Hawaii!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

July 30, 2009
2:15 PM

Post #6884438

Dave, what a fun, engaging and enriching opportunity.
Thanks for that picture of the Akia; now I can ID the photo I took of it.

How about this one?

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 30, 2009
4:43 PM

Post #6885061

Hi Ardesia, where exactly did you photograph Akia?

The photo is Ohelo, Vaccinium reticulatum, the Hawaiian Blueberry. Beside it is Pukiawe, Styphelia tameiameiae.

Here is another shot of Ohelo in HNVP.

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

July 30, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #6885652

I photogtaphed it in the HV National Park; l was so fascinated how plants could just grow out of lava. Here is still another shot of the "blueberries".

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

July 30, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #6885656

This was amazing to me. I had zoomed in as far as I could for this. The poor little thing was just out by itself, growing in nothing but lava.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 30, 2009
7:22 PM

Post #6885683

Hi Ardesia, your new shot of "blueberries" is 'Akia, Wikstroemia uva-ursi.

The tree on the lava is 'Ohi'a, Metrosideros polymorpha var. polymorpha.

Nice photos!
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

July 31, 2009
10:50 AM

Post #6888465

gorgeous photos, i didn't really know that some plants grow on lava. you don't get any volcanoes near here! ;-)
westraad
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2009
12:41 PM

Post #6888728

Some plants are survivors.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 31, 2009
9:10 PM

Post #6890775

Nice photo of Nephrolepis multiflora in a lava crack!
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

August 1, 2009
6:49 AM

Post #6892895

cool photo!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2009
11:45 AM

Post #6893102

Thanks, others were taking pictures of the ocean and I was wandering the lava completly fascinated by how plants could grow in that most inhospitable of materials.

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