The Native Hawaiian Plant Propagation Database has been developed as part of the requirements for my M.S. from the Tropical Plant and Soil Science Department (TPSS) of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Filemaker Pro is used to provide the search features for the site. The Web site was first publicly available in August 1999.
Currently, the database contains propagation information on more than 70 indigenous and endemic plants. I have been able to obtain extensive information on some of these plants. For others, the information that I have located so far is very limited. I am continuing to collect information and if you have information that you would like to share, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The plants selected for inclusion in this database have actual or potential value as landscape, lei, medicine, fiber, food, or wood products. Each plant record contains a brief description of the plant, its habitat, and available information about propagation by seeds or spores, division, air layers, grafting, or tissue culture.
The Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai'i by Warren L. Wagner, Darrel R. Herbst, and S. H. Sohmer (1990, 2 vol., Bishop Museum Special Publication 83. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Bishop Museum Press) and Ferns of Hawai'i by Kathy Valier (1995, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press) are used as taxonomic authorities for all records in this database. These publications were also used as the primary sources for the English and Hawaiian names, the plant descriptions, and information on native habitat and range.