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Hard-stem lovegrass

Scientific name

Eragrostis variabilis

Hawaiian name: Kalamalo, Kawelu, Emoloa

Although this grass looks ubiquitous it is actually a native grass that works well for erosion control and ecosystem restoration. The Hawaiians occasionally used this grass for thatching. This plant also provides a breeding habitat for the endangered laysan duck and laysan finches. (Image by Forest and Starr)


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