PLANS DEVELOPED TO SAVE ENDANGERED HAWAIIAN PLANTS

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (May 21, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---Action plans to save seven very rare Hawaiian plants have been developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure that the endangered species do not become extinct.

Included are four ferns, one of which --diplazium molokaiense-- is so rare that only one known plant of the species is known to remain. It is located on the island of Maui.

Three other plants, including an unique palm tree, exist only on the remote Hawaiian island of Nihoa, and nowhere else in the world. The total numbers for the three Nihoa species range from 26 to 680 plants.

To save the plants, the wildlife service is weeding out alien plant species and attempting to propagate new plants from seeds and cuttings.

Dangers to the plants' survival include rock slides, flooding, rats and mice and trampling and picking by humans.

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