Canoe plants

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Canoe plants, or Polynesian introductions, are plants taken from ancient Polynesia and transplanted to other Pacific Islands

The term is particularly used to refer to plants brought to Hawaiʻi 1,700 years ago by Polynesian explorers.

The following species are generally considered to be canoe plants in Hawaiʻi:

Seed and pollen samples taken from Kauaʻi's Makauwahi Cave indicate that Pandanus tectorius and Cordia subcordata actually predate human arrival,[1] while fossilized coconut pollen has been discovered in a salt lake on Laysan.[2] However, similar or additional varieties could also have been transported by Polynesians.


  1. ^ TenBruggencate, Jan (2005-09-28). "Kaua'i cave tells 10,000-year tale". Honolulu Advertiser.
  2. ^ TenBruggencate, Jan (2005-05-23). "Coconut pollen found on Laysan". Honolulu Advertiser.

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