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Ken Adee and C. Eugene Conrad
'Ohi'a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is the most abundant and widespread tree in Hawaii. This slow growing native hardwood seeds freely and often starts as an epiphyte in fern forests. It is the first tree to appear on new lava flows where it offers watershed protection. The wood is of fine even texture and takes a good polish. It is used for flooring, fenceposts, and fuel. This tree provides important habitat to native birds, several endangered.