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Tamiligi Slain

June 29, 2012
Tavita and Tamiligi

NPS Ecologist T. Togia stands next to a “slain” tamiligi tree.

For much of the past decade, the National Park of American Samoa has devoted considerable effort to eradicating invasive tamiligi trees (Falcataria moluccana) with a field team affectionately known as the “Tamiligi Slayers.” All too often, management efforts like these yield mixed results. Not this time !

A joint NPS and USDA Forest Service study led by Dr. F. Hughes, reports a successful tamiligi removal project where the affected native forests recovered splendidly. Once tamiligi (a.k.a. albizia) is removed, native tree species take advantage of increased tamiligi-converted nitrogen in the soil and access to sunlight. Moreover, after 3 years, tamiligi seedlings stopped re-emerging from the young native


Tamiligi is a highly invasive tree in Samoa, Hawaii, and other tropical areas. It can grow and spread quickly to take over a native forest.

forests. The tamiligi at the National Park of American Samoa appear to be successfully slain.

Information on other invasive species in the National Park of American Samoa.


Stripping the bark from the trunk of the trees is an effective method for killing tamiligi.

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  1. alisa sa'o permalink
    July 18, 2012 2:15 pm

    the trail in vatia which is the tuafanua trail and the pola island was the bomb because it has a nice view in the back there and especially the scenic views on moutaintops an dmost imporatantly the waikiki beach at the end of the tuafanua trail…thank you shout outs to the NPS for opening the new trail in vatia and plus for the record, we were the first class to ever visit the trail first..:)

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