Native Plant Restoration Project

In conjunction to the eradication project, the native plant restoration project promotes recovery of native plant communities that support seabird nesting. Itʻs not enough to pull weeds and leave an area open for non-natives to aggressively colonise an area, one must also fastidiously out plant natives in these areas to gain a foothold prior to the onset of non-natives recruiting in these places.

There are a few ways the Kure Field Stations seeks to accomplish this goal:

  • Propagate native plant species in Kure’s shade house for out planting
  • Broadcast native seeds collected from Kure’s plant populations
  • Introduce native plants that are rare or previously extirpated on Kure.

Native Plants in the Kure Nursery

Not all native plants are highlighted in our Nursery Plants section because there is an established and thriving population present.  The complete list of Native Plants that are present on Kure can be found in our Field ID Books on our Resources Page as well as our Plants and Habitat Page.

Eragrostis variabilis, a native grass, forms in dense bunches and is the largest grass found on Kure. It is characterized by long, stiff, flat blades lacking a central keel.



It is a plant that is propagated within the shade house to

Ipomoea indica is one of two morning-glory natives to Kure Atoll. It is the more common of the two and is abundant around camp. The leaves are large, broadly ovate, and have a pointed tip. The flowers are varying shades of

Ipomoea pes-caprae, native to Kure, takes its specific epithet from the shape of the leaf, cloven like the shape of a goat’s hoof (pes is Latin for foot, caper Latin for goat). It has varying shades of purple flowers. It

Lepturus is native to Kure. Its range was very restricted as recently as 2001, but out-planting and the 2011 tsunami helped distribute the seeds widely along the west coast where it is now abundant. It grows in bunches with long

Scaevola is the ubiquitous native shrub of Kure, with large rubbery bright green leaves and white berries. It forms dense stands in places, other places less dense or pocketed with small clearings. It plays an important role in dune formation

Sicyos, a native plant, has become rare in the NW Hawaiian Islands.

It is a vine in the same family as the cucumber and has large leaves distinct from any other plant on Kure. It is common in the area north

Boerhavia repens, a native plant called ʻAlena, is a creeping vine, generally easy to distinguish from other plants on Kure. At a young age the leaf shape and size are somewhat similar to Flaveria and can catch your eye while

Tribulus is native to Kure and is abundant in open areas. Its leaf pattern and yellow flowers are unmistakable. Tribulus produces sharp thorny seeds that will get your attention. There is some die-back of Tribulus in winter, but otherwise, it