Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #16: Lobelia niihauensis

Lobelia niihauensis

  • Conservation Status: Rare
  • Distribution: Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu (Northern Wai’anae Mts)
  • Date photographed: 8/10/2011
  • *Identification: Form– Stems woody, prostrate, 2-4 dm long. Leaves– Leaves narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate; 7-15 cm long, 0.7-1.8 cm wide; sessile or subsessile. Flower– hypanthium obconical to hemispherical, 2-5 mm long; calyx lobes linear to triangular, 1-5 mm long; corolla magenta, 22-36 mm long, 3-5 mm wide, lobe spirally revolute.
  • Phylogenetic comments: Lobelia niihauensis is thought to be closely related to Lobelia monostachya of the Southern Ko’olau Mts.
  • Links: Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands, UH Botany, Native Hawaiian Plants- Lobelia
*From Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai’i
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