Category Archives: Botany

Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #33: Cyanea calycina

Cyanea calycina Hawaiian Name: Haha Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu Date photographed: 9/13/2014 Ease of viewing: Moderately difficult *Identification: Form– Stems woody, 1-3 m long. Leaves– elliptic to oblanceolate, blades 15-60 cm long, 5.5-14 cm wide, petiole 1-9 cm long. Flower– calyx lobes oblong to ovate, 4-10 … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #32: 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 … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #31: Cyanea asarifolia

Cyanea asarifolia Hawaiian Name: Haha Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: Kaua’i (Anahola stream) Date photographed: 8/29/2014 Ease of viewing: Cultivated *Identification: Form– Shrub, 0.3-1 m tall Leaves– cordiform, blades 8.5-10.5 cm long, 7-8 cm wide, base cordate. Flower– calyx lobes dentiform, 0.51 mm long; corolla white with … Continue reading

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The myth. The legend. Wailupe

How can I properly frame this? On O’ahu, few places have intrigued me as much as Wailupe. A lot of it has to do with its historical association with the scientific inquiry of Hawaiian biota. Some of it is because … Continue reading

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Kuli’ou’ou plants

We went on a hike to check out the plant life of Kuli’ou’ou Valley. It was impressive to see the diversity still left in such a commonly hiked area.

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #30: Clermontia lindseyana

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 … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Cyanea’s African Relatives

Africa. Where the Pleistocene Megafauna still lives. While it’s easy to focus on all the large animals, Africa holds a specific interest for the Hawaiian plant nerd in me. For research (Givnish, 2008) shows that some of the Hawaiian Lobeliads … Continue reading

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