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John Amato | all galleries >> Pohnpei, Micronesia -FSM- 2010, 2011 >> Plants, fungi, plant disease, insects and the use of herbicides and pesticides, Pohnpei, Micronesia. > Recent planting of kava. Piper methysticum (Piperaceae)IMG_1601.jpg
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Recent planting of kava. Piper methysticum (Piperaceae)IMG_1601.jpg

A tree can be seen that has been girdled to kill it and allow for more light to reach the kava to make sakau. Trees are also burned so they drop their leaves and die, again to provide more light for growing purposes. Sakau is made by pounding the roots until crushed and a narcotic sedative drink is made.

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