Category Archives: Botany

Flowers of Ka’upulehu

I was finally able to visit the Ka’upulehu dryland forest near Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. After spending some quality time in that lava-strewn forest, I cannot say enough about that place. It was some of the most amazing, hopeful … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #29: Cyanea grimesiana

Cyanea grimesiana ssp. grimesiana Hawaiian Name: Kuenui? Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Mt. Ka’ala, Ko’olau mountains), Moloka’i Date photographed: 2/26/2014 Ease of viewing: outplanted *Identification: Form– Sparingly branched or unbranched shrubs 1-3.2 m tall, muricate. Leaves– pinnately divided, blades 2758 cm … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #28: Clermontia pyrularia

Clermontia pyrularia Hawaiian Name: ‘Oha wai Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: Hawai’i (Windward Mauna Kea; Leeward Mauna Loa) Date photographed: 8/24/2013 Ease of viewing: Cultivation *Identification: Form– Terrestrial trees 3-4 m tall. Leaves– narrowly elliptic rarely oblanceolate; blades 15-28 cm long by 2.5-5 … Continue reading

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Identifying native plant seedlings

It is difficult enough to try and identify the hundreds of different plant species native to Hawai’i. Keying out the different characteristics takes a lot of work and patience. Identifying native seedlings adds more challenges for many of them look … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #27: Cyanea lanceolata

Cyanea lanceolata Hawaiian Name: Haha Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Ko’olau mountains) Date photographed: 7/20/2013 Ease of viewing: Difficult *Identification: Form– Stems woody, muricate in juveniles Leaves– elliptic to oblanceolate, blades 15-60 cm long, 5.5-14 cm wide Flower– calyx lobes triangular, 1-3 mm long; … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #26: Cyanea acuminata

Cyanea acuminata Hawaiian Name: Haha Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Ko’olau mountains) Date photographed: 6/22/2013 Ease of viewing: Difficult *Identification: Form– Shrub, 0.3-2 m tall Leaves– oblanceolate to narrowly obovate or elliptic, blades 11-32 cm long, 3-9 cm wide, base attenuate to … Continue reading

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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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