Category Archives: Botany

Snapshot: More Cyanea crispa flowers

We’ve been monitoring the health of a specimen of Cyanea crispa, an awesome lobeliad found in the dark understorey of Ko’olau forests. A few months back, a rotten ‘ohia branch crashed down mere feet away from this plant. It survived … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #25: Delissea kauaiensis

Delissea kauaiensis (cultivated) Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: Kaua’i Date photographed: 6/26/2013 Ease of viewing: Cultivated *Identification: Form– Treelet or tree (rarely sparingly branched), 1.2-4.5 m tall. Leaves– 5.7-19.0 cm long, 2-11 cm wide, ovate or lanceolate, margin coarsely biserrate or crenate. Flower– … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #24: Delissea rhytidosperma

Delissea rhytidosperma (cultivated) Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: Kaua’i Date photographed: 1/3/2012 Ease of viewing: Cultivated *Identification: Form– Shrub, 0.5-2.5 m tall. Leaves– 8-19 cm long, 2.0-5.5 cm wide; oblanceolate, elliptic, or narrowly elliptic; margins serrulate or crenulate Flower– calyx lobes 0.5-1.0 … Continue reading

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More Southern Koolau Goodies

  Finally, a proper hiking post. I’d rather not turn this place into just a quarterly report. Anyway, I was able to slip away for an all day hike above Honolulu. And once again, the bounty of the mountains never … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Wao Ilima

Here in Hawaii, it is said that the upland forest is called the wao akua: the realm of the gods. Few people entered the forests. Where people did live was called the wao kanaka: the realm of man. But I … Continue reading

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Clermontia of O’ahu

    For me, seeing things side by side can really help clarify things. Here are the leaves of the different ‘Oha wai known with certainty from O’ahu. From left to right: Clermontia kakeana, Clermontia oblongifolia and Clermontia perscifolia. The leaves … Continue reading

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The mighty, mighty strand flora

If the native plants of Hawai’i are thought to be weak, defenseless plants that are helpless in the face of invasive onslaught… the plants of the strand community did not get that memo. Many beach areas in the islands still … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #23: Lobelia gaudichaudii

Lobelia gaudichaudii Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Southern Ko’olau mountains) Date photographed: 12/8/2012 Ease of viewing: Difficult *Identification: Form– Stems woody, 3-10 dm long, dense apical rosette of leaves. Leaves– oblanceolate to oblong, 8-19 cm long, 1.3-2.8 cm wide, midrib … Continue reading

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Snapshot: The show goes on…

  I should just rename this blog the Konahuanui Report. I still have a busy work schedule; yet the few times that I have been able to hike have been back to the top of the Ko’olaus. There’s a method … Continue reading

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Snapshot: How do you like them Bananas

  So at work, we do what we can to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian practices and perspectives. One of our many foci is traditional farming with traditional staple crops. It is quite well known how many unique varieties of Kalo (Colocasia … Continue reading

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