Snapshot: Iliahi outliers

Here’s a picture of a strange sandalwood (Santalum freycinetianum) up in the northern Ko’olaus. Typically this species has dull, droopy leaves. As you can see in this individual has glossy leaves that do not looked wilted. The non-native Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) is sparingly naturalized in certain areas of O’ahu but this individual doesn’t look like it either. Mother Nature must laugh at our need to categorize things in tidy, simple packages!

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