Monthly Archives: November 2010

Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #4: Clermontia kakeana

Clermontia kakeana Hawaiian Name: Oha wai Conservation Status: Apparently Secure Distribution: O’ahu, Moloka’i, Mau’i Date photographed: 6/20/2010 Ease of viewing: Easy *Identification: Form– Terrestrial or epiphytic shrub or tree 1-6 m tall. Leaves-elliptic, oblanceolate, or narrowly obovate; blades 12-26 cm … Continue reading

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Andrew R. Plack artwork

A few weeks back, I was searching for images of ‘o’o birds for the Gardner article, when I came across this fine piece by Andrew R. Plack: Wow! I haven’t seen many pieces on mohoids this well done. His other … Continue reading

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Honolulu Zoo: Dramatis Personae

I love, love, love the zoo. Now, I know there are a lot of valid critiques out there about zoos, but my view is that zoos help create meaningful passion in people.

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #3: Cyanea koolauensis

Cyanea koolauensis Hawaiian Name: Haha Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Ko’olau mountains) Date photographed: 11/14/10 Ease of viewing: Difficult *Identification: Form– Stems woody, 1-1.5 m long. Leaves– whitish on lower surface; linear to narrowly elliptic; blades 16-36 cm long by … Continue reading

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My line in the sand

When it comes to the environment and our interactions with it, passion is definitely involved. There are a lot of different points of views that people have which can lead to very heated arguments. Everybody seems to have a different … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #2: Cyanea leptostegia

Cyanea leptostegia Hawaiian Name: Haha lua Conservation Status: Vulnerable Distribution: Kaua’i Date photographed: 9/22/2010 Ease of viewing: Very easy *Identification: Form– Palm-like tree 3-14 m tall. Leaves– Dimorphic. Juvenile leaves: irregularly parted or divided, blades 20-70 cm long by 5-12 … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #1: Trematolobelia singularis

Trematolobelia singularis Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Southern Ko’olau mountains) Date photographed: 10/24/2010 Ease of viewing: Difficult *Identification: Form– Typically unbranched shrubs 0.6-1.5 m long. Leaves– linear-elliptic; blades 10-18 cm long by 1-1.8 cm wide; margins callose-crenulate; winged petioles 1-2 … Continue reading

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