The naturalised flora of Niue
The Polynesian island of Niue is home to c. 160 naturalised flowering-plant species. Another 50 or more wild-growing species are either pre-European introductions or native plants that are favoured by today's disturbance-regimes. There are also four 'data deficient' species—recent introductions whose degree of naturalisation cannot be assessed objectively. All these species, and some that seem likely to occur just in cultivation, are briefly characterised with respect to their history and ecology on Niue and other islands in the central Pacific Ocean region. A first appendix covers the history of botanical collecting on Niue. A second discusses whether visitors to the Pacific prior to Cook might have spread weeds in this region.
- The naturalised flora of Niue
- The Polynesian island of Niue is home to c. 160 naturalised flowering-plant species. Another 50 or more wild-growing species are either pre-European introductions or native plants that are favoured by today's disturbance-regimes.
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Gardner, Rhys O. (2020). The naturalised flora of Niue. https://doi.org/10.32912/ram.2020.55.5
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