Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi
Christmasberry
Anacardiaceae

The low-growing, evergreen, deciduous tree is an aggressive invader of most mesic to wet lowland environments. It shades out other plants, as well as preventing reestablishment of other species due to the release of allelopathic substances (Gogue, Hurst, and Bancroft 1974). The fruit is especially favored by alien frugivorous birds. Schinus is killed by high intensity fires but regenerates rapidly where there is a large seed bank. A defoliating insect has been introduced but has not been effective. Further attempts at biological control can be expected to be met with stiff opposition from bee-keepers.

The species is widely distributed in lowland areas of all major islands.


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