Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #32: Cyanea hardyi

Cyanea hardyi

Cyanea hardyi -cultivated

  • Hawaiian Name: Haha
  • Conservation Status: Apparently secure
  • Distribution: Kaua’i
  • Date photographed: 5/22/2013
  • Ease of viewing: Cultivation -Limahuli Gardens
  • *Identification: Form– Branched shrub or tree, 1-7 m tall Leaves– elliptic to oblanceolate, blades 18-28 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide, base attenuate into a winged petiole 2.5-8 cm long. Flower– calyx lobes dentiform, 0.5-1 mm long; corolla purplish to blackish purple, 20-26 mm long, 23 mm wide.
  • Phylogenetic comments: Cyanea hardyi is part of the purple fruit clade of Cyanea with mostly a Kaua’i radiation. One species (Cyanea angustifolia) has spread to the younger, eastern islands. The various Kaua’i species seem to have partition their niche by elevation (Givnish, 1995)
  • My notes: Limahuli Gardens is such a jewel on the north coast of Kaua’i; I really have to do a proper post on it one of these days. They have a nice representation of Hawaiian lobeliads, with Cyanea hardyi being one of the more prominent ones.
  • Links: Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands, UH Botany, Native Hawaiian Plants- Cyanea

*From Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai’i

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