Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Hassk.
rose myrtle, downy myrtle
Myrtaceae

This noxious evergreen shrub rarely grows above 3 m but forms dense thickets. The seeds are dispersed by alien frugivorous birds. Its adaptation to fire is unknown, and it has not been evaluated for biological control.

The plant grows in lowland mesic habitats. There is a major infestation on Kaua'i, particularly in Kilohana Crater. It is displacing Melastoma candidum in some areas.


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