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With exquisite fragrance in the blossoms, glorious spice in the roots, and multiple powers as medicine, gingers have been favorite plants for millennia, worldwide. Comprising perennial herbs packed with aromatic oils, the overall ginger family (Zingiberaceae) is large and complex.…

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Better known as ironwood and introduced to Hawaii as early as 1872, this evergreen tree looks like a giant, sweeping brown pine tree. Its needle-like branchlets wrap around sheath-like leaves that themselves are utterly inconspicuous. Ironwood fixes free nitrogen from…

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Eucalyptus Robusta

Growing to heights in excess of 100 feet, natural to Australia, and thriving in wet sites, this non-native tree is also known as swamp mahogany. Robusta was planted in Halawa during reforestation efforts in the 1930s. Hawaii’s sugar plantations knew…

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