Learn more about our native greenery

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Guam – In hopes of reigniting the interest and sparking curiousity in our bountiful native flora, various entities from the University of Guam and within the community launches a new and improved reprinted edition of the 1991 “Trees and Shrubs of the Marianas”, with a rich treasure trove of information about 102 local plant, shrub and tree species, written by the late Lynn Raulerson and Agnes F. Reinhart.

Have you ever walked out onto your yard and notice a plant you were not at all familiar with? Well, look no further than within the pages of the reliable reprinted refrence, Trees and Shrubs of the Marianas. Several entities throughout the University of Guam, the UOG Press, the UOG Cooperative Extension and Outreach Program at the College of Natural and Applied Sciences and various community entities, to include the late Dr. Lynn Raulerson’s Living Trust, uphold the legacy of a reference book that has served the community for decades. Manifested in a spiral-binded and lamenated reprint, the new book comes with updated information that will aid it’s readers in identifying species scientifically and culturally, understanding its history and origin as well as its significance to this region and ways to propogate and/or maintain said shrubs and trees.

Improvements made to the book come in varied forms, the most prominent of which are the materials used. As a rich reference tool, one of the aims of the project was to allow readers to take the book exacly where they need to without the worry of damage, hence the lamenated pages and spiral binding of the reprints, an ideal field guide for the curious.

In response to the changes of time, updated names could also be found within its pages. Not only were species’ scientific names refreshed, but their Chamorro and Carolinan names were also updated through meticulus research and consultations between botanists and native language experts.

New photos were also part of the overhaul. Through careful consideration, contributors had to figure out whether there were specific elements that the original version lacked, in terms of visual aid, and one that was noted was the need to capture distinctive characteristics of each plant or tree species. Therefore, whether it be the unique shape of the leaves, the respective fruit or flower grown, even it’s rooting systems, photographers novice and professional attempted to capture distinguishable traits that would aid locals and visitors of all ages identify, understand and hopefully appreciate our luscious green canvas. “We are just hoping that people wil really have a shift around how they feel about nature, that really it’s an important part of us and we need to work to keep it healthy,” one of the project’s numerious contributors Olympia Terrel tells PNC.

So, head down to UOG’s College of Natural and Applied Science’s center courtyard this Saturday, September 8th at 10am and stay through noon for the launch of Trees and Shrubs of the Marianas. A couple of experts will demonstrate exactly what the book was intended for, with a plant identification tour throughout the campus led by resident biologists Frank and Claudine Camacho. The launch will also feature the freshest of refreshments grown straight out of the university’s Triton Farm. Not only will the reprint be made available for purchase during the lauch, you will also find it at campus’ Bookstore, UOG’s Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC), at local bookstores throughout the island and online at the UOG Press’ website.

Thanks to a multitude of individuals and departments, a new and improved edition of Trees and Shrubs of the Marianas will continue to withstand the tests of time and serve as a guide through our native greenery.