Cat’s claw, popoki, puakelekino (Caesalpinia decapetala)
- 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.