Riparian Restoration Plant Database

Dr. Christopher F. Puttock
Bishop Museum


Riparian Plant Restoration: A management tool for restoration in Hawai‘i

Kou tree at riparian restoration site

The Herbarium Pacificum, Bishop Museum, is producing an interactive plant key for riparian restoration with native Hawaiian species. It is the compilation of information from field trials, current restoration projects, and comprehensive research. This project has been developed based on the need identified by the working group of “Riparian Vegetation for Soil Bioengineering in Hawaii (April, 29, 2003)”. The initial modeling phase has been funded by the Tropical Technology Consortium of Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The modeling phase entails building a framework of characters and attributes of riparian habitats, along with comprehensive data on 20 plus native Hawaiian species. With the use of the powerful interactive database system LucID Professional, each plant species will be linked to its ideal habitat based on its attributes. As the user chooses various attributes of their site, for example the type of habitat, planting zone, soil composition, soil pH, hydrology, elevation, climate, and so on, the program eliminates the unfavorable taxa, leaving a short list of those plants, within this key, suitable for the site habitat.

Each of the species in the database has an information page containing valuable data on its habitat, growing conditions, propagation techniques, wetland rating, and trials with successes and failure information from the field. Also provided are various images of the chosen species.

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Riparian Plant Restoration: A management tool for restoration in Hawai‘i

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