Primary succession on lava

Title Info
Common name Ohia lehua
Scientific name Metrosideros polymorpha
Taxonomic group Myrtaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Nutrient cycles Other
Change over time Succession
Succession Primary succession
Lessons Disturbance; Succession
Date August 02, 2001
Location Hiiaka Crater in Kilauea Volcano,Hawaii,USA

Primary succession on a 28-year-old lava flow, Big Island, Hawaii. This lava flow was part of a 1973 eruption in Hi'iaka Crater, part of the Kilauea Volcano complex. On this completely barren surface, tiny pockets of soil formed over time, enough for the tiny 'Ohia lehua tree seen in the foreground to grow and even flower.