Snapshot: Los del Rio’s Machaerina

Don’t everybody start dancing all at once now. Of the 2 native Machaerina found in Hawai’i, Uki (Machaerina angustifolia) is more easily differentiated from M. mariscoides by being a typically larger plant and a deeper shade of green. I’ve usually seen M. angustifolia in wetter habitats than mariscoides but there is a lot of overlap.

Considering that I work with sedges that will give you thousands of cuts you painfully feel later (e.g. Cyperus javanicus & Carex wahuensis), it’s really nice to come across this pretty plant with such smooth edges. It’s the little thing in life I enjoy. And one hit wonders from the mid-90’s apparently.

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