The varieties of ‘Ohi’a on Hawai╩╗i Island are real

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 2:22am by

The Stacy Lab published their research on Incipient radiation within the dominant Hawaiian tree Metrosideros polymorpha in Heredity. This study provides evidence for the evolutionary significance of four of the five named varieties of this species on Hawaiʻi Island and indicates that Hawaiian Metrosideros should be useful for studies of divergence and the evolution of reproductive isolating barriers at the early stages of speciation in trees.