Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #30: Clermontia lindseyana

C lindseyana form

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 cm wide; margins callose-crenulate; petioles 2.5-7 cm long, pubescent. Flower– Perinath green or rarely tinged purplish outside, white or cream internally, 55-65 mm long, 9-18 mm wide, pubescent
  • Phylogenetic comments: Clermontia lindseyana is part of a polytomy of species who’s center of radiation seems to be the Big Island.
  • My notes: Working with Baron at the Hakalau greenhouse to help with this species was a real treat. Hiking out and seeing outplanted individuals growing vigorously was all the more satisfying because of it.
  • Links: Clermontia lindseyana 5year Review (pdf), Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands, UH Botany, Native Hawaiian Plants- Clermontia; Givnish TJ, Bean GJ, Ames M, Lyon SP, Sytsma KJ (2013) Phylogeny, Floral Evolution, and Inter-Island Dispersal in Hawaiian Clermontia (Campanulaceae) Based on ISSR Variation and Plastid Spacer Sequences. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62566. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062566;
  • Reference: Pender, Richard “Flora trait evolution and pollination ecology in the Hawaiian lobeliad genus Clermontia (Campanulaceae)” Diss. U. of Hawaii, 2013, print
  • Additional Pics:

C lindseyana flowers

*From Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai’i

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