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Cat's claw, popoki, puakelekino (
Sprawling, climbing bramble or shrub with thorns on stems and leaves
Yellow flowers in clusters, brown pods, with 4-9 black seeds
Native to tropical Asia, introduced to Hawaii for use as a natural fence. First collected on Oahu in 1910, transported to Maui on construction equipment from another island
Forms dense, thorny thickets, and grows into trees
Closes off pastures to animals.
Hazardous to animals (a dead cow was found caught in a thicket on Kauai)
Prevents hiking, hunting and other activities where infestations occur
Kauai and Oahu: Widespread and beyond control
Maui: Known to only in one gulch-Kakipi (Halehaku). A small satellite population was known from Ulupalakua, but it has since been removed. Not currently a MISC target.
Molokai: Infestation in gulches near Kalae appears too large for MoMISC control. Landowners are asked to control this pest where possible.
Lanai: Presence/absence unknown.
Kahoolawe: None known.
Big Island: Population naturalized in Kau. Considered too widespread for BIISC to control. Landowners are asked to control where possible.
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