Author Archives: Sebastian Marquez

The myth. The legend. Wailupe

How can I properly frame this? On O’ahu, few places have intrigued me as much as Wailupe. A lot of it has to do with its historical association with the scientific inquiry of Hawaiian biota. Some of it is because … Continue reading

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Kuli’ou’ou plants

We went on a hike to check out the plant life of Kuli’ou’ou Valley. It was impressive to see the diversity still left in such a commonly hiked area.

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #30: Clermontia lindseyana

Clermontia lindseyana Hawaiian Name: ‘Oha wai Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: East Maui, Hawai’i (Windward Mauna Kea, Ka’u, South Kona) Date photographed: 8/23/2013 Ease of viewing: Outplanted *Identification: Form- Terrestrial shrubs or trees 2.5-6 m tall. Leaves- oblanceolate or elliptic; blades 13-24 cm long, 3.8-6.5 … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Deep Time Conservation

Whenever I’m in Los Angeles, I have to stop by the La Brea Tar Pits (well, asphalt seeps). Actually, NEED to stop by is more appropriate. As odd as this may sound to some people, La Brea is my “Happy … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Cyanea’s African Relatives

Africa. Where the Pleistocene Megafauna still lives. While it’s easy to focus on all the large animals, Africa holds a specific interest for the Hawaiian plant nerd in me. For research (Givnish, 2008) shows that some of the Hawaiian Lobeliads … Continue reading

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Flowers of Ka’upulehu

I was finally able to visit the Ka’upulehu dryland forest near Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. After spending some quality time in that lava-strewn forest, I cannot say enough about that place. It was some of the most amazing, hopeful … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #29: Cyanea grimesiana

Cyanea grimesiana ssp. grimesiana Hawaiian Name: Kuenui? Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Mt. Ka’ala, Ko’olau mountains), Moloka’i Date photographed: 2/26/2014 Ease of viewing: outplanted *Identification: Form- Sparingly branched or unbranched shrubs 1-3.2 m tall, muricate. Leaves- pinnately divided, blades 2758 cm … Continue reading

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Snaphot: Hawaiian Avifauna

The work by Dr. Helen James and Dr. Storrs Olson has greatly enriched our knowledge of the birds of Hawai’i. I’ve read as many of their *papers as I can. I was surprised to see this awesome mural when I … Continue reading

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Why science blogs are the best thing on the Internet

Let’s skip the actual bad stuff like deviant solicitations and other such nonsense. Even without that, the Internet can be a rather not nice place. Negativity runs rampant in so many circles of the web. From topics as disparate as … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #28: Clermontia pyrularia

Clermontia pyrularia Hawaiian Name: ‘Oha wai Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: Hawai’i (Windward Mauna Kea; Leeward Mauna Loa) Date photographed: 8/24/2013 Ease of viewing: Cultivation *Identification: Form- Terrestrial trees 3-4 m tall. Leaves- narrowly elliptic rarely oblanceolate; blades 15-28 cm long by 2.5-5 … Continue reading

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