La'ie Walking Tour: Ironwood Pine

Ironwood Pine
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Along the beginning of the hike you will see a lot of Ironwood Pine also known as "beefwood" or "she oak." It originates from Northern Australia and was introduced to Hawai'i about 100 years ago. It is a fast growing tree, reaching heights of more than 60 ft. within 10 years. Ironwood does not have true leaves. As you can see its "needles" are thread shaped branchlets. As they fall on the ground it provides a nice cushion as you walk along.

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