|Miconia calvescens DC.|
This evergreen tree escaped from a local garden very recently. It forms densely shaded, monotypic stands. We know little about its local biology but anticipate that it will have the same impact in Hawai'i as it has had in Tahiti, where it has rapidly invaded native forests with disastrous consequences for the native flora. Its adaptation to fire is not known, and it has not been evaluated for biological control.
There is a population established in the Hilo area which should be eliminated immediately. Unfortunately, it is still being sold by garden shops. The species should be classified as noxious.
This collection of photographs chronicles the search for biological agents to control the spread of Miconia calvescens.