Trema sp.


 
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Rapa Nui Nettletree
(Trema sp.)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Rapa Nui

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

 
The genus Trema is in need of a review.

By all means, subfossil pollen, found in the sediments of the Rano Kau crater, shows that a species of this genus once grew on Easter Island.

This pollen may belong to a neotropical species, e.g. the Jamaican Nettletree (Trema micrantha ((L.) Blume)), or may come from the extant Pale Nettletree (Trema discolor ((Brongniart) Blume)), a plant that still occurs in some places within Polynesia today, or, most probably, from an endemic and therefore extinct species.

 
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