Category Archives: Botany

Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #37: Trematolobelia kaalae

Trematolobelia kaalae *From Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai’i

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Snapshot: Ginko trees and connections in deep time

Arbor day in Hawai’i is coming up again and I am reminded of my trip to Korea about 8 years ago. We were staying at the Jeongju Hanok Village when we came across this old Ginko tree with a sign. … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #36: Cyanea membrenacea

Cyanea membrenacea *From Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai’i

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Let’s talk about: Olomea

I’m going to try something a bit different. I got the inspiration for doing this from the 1 comment in the ‘aka’aka’awa post. Internet searches can and are wonderful ways to find out about native Hawaiian plants and animals. But … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Toothbrush Fern

This dainty little endemic fern is ‘oali’i makali’i (Schizaea robusta). I came across it near the summit of Konahuanui. Interestingly, the frond is mostly made up of just the stipe; the blades are only found the very distal portion. This … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Psychotria longissima

So here are some seedlings from a plant with uncertain affiliations. Currently it is part of Psychotria kaduana. But it was originally described as Psychotria longissima and has a much longer, droopy inflorescence. There is much work to be done … Continue reading

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Mt. Ka’ala: A walk to remember

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Sebastian? You’re comparing a hike into some of the most intact native forest on O’ahu to a sappy Nicholas Sparks book?! There are relictual native species in the area that the general public rarely gets to see … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #35: Trematolobelia macrostachys

Trematolobelia macrostachys Conservation Status: Apparently secure Distribution: O’ahu (Ko’olau), Moloka’i, Maui Date photographed: 11/15/2012 Ease of viewing: Difficult *Identification: Form– Treelets 1-4 m tall Leaves– linear to oblanceolate, blades 15-36 cm long, 0.8-3.1 cm wide. Flower– calyx lobes triangular, 3-17 mm long, 1-3 mm wide; … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Lazarus, the Clermontia

Clermontia kakeana is still a fairly common lobeliad. Except on O’ahu; it is  not easy to see  on pretty much any trail here. Tantalus has a fairly healthy population of it. I’d like to think we at the Manoa Cliff … Continue reading

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Spot the different Rollandia species of Konahuanui!

So, this new species Cyanea konahuanuiensis (Haha mili’ohu), how does it look different from other Cyanea spp? There are actually a few species of Cyanea spp. that live in the same general area as haha mili’ohu. Let’s take a look. The … Continue reading

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