Tag Archives: Hawaiian Lobeliads

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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Lobeliads of Konahuanui

Cold, windswept cloud forests aren’t what one typically first thinks of when associating environments to O’ahu. Overlooked or not, they are critical habitats for many unique plants and animals found only here in Hawai’i. This is many of the native … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Clermontia FTW!

While my core philosophy is that we all share this planet, it does have its drawbacks. Namely, some people don’t share very well or care to. Here, someone broke a rare Clermontia kakeana in half. This is a good example … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #22: Clermontia hawaiiensis

Clermontia hawaiiensis Hawaiian Name: Oha kepau, Oha wai nui Conservation Status: Vulnerable Distribution: Hawaii (Puna & Kau District) Date photographed: May 28, 2012 *Identification: Form– Shrubs 1.5-9 m tall Leaves– oblong to oblanceolate; blades 9-24 cm long by 2.5-6.5 cm wide; margins callose-crenulate; … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #21: Clermontia parviflora

Clermontia parviflora Conservation Status: Apparently Secure Distribution: Hawaii (Kohala Mts; Windward slopes of Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa) Date photographed: 4/29/2012 Ease of viewing: Extremely Easy *Identification: Form– Terrestrial or epiphytic shrub 1-3.5 m tall. Leaves– elliptic or oblanceolate, 6-18 cm … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Cyanea crispa flowers

Work and weather have kept me away from the mountains lately. Hopefully it will change soon. In the meantime, here are some shots I took a while back of the rare Cyanea crispa in flower for your enjoyment. The infloresence … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #20: Cyanea arborea

  Cyanea arborea Conservation Status: Extinct Distribution: East Maui Date photographed: ?? (J.F. Rock) *Identification: Form– Palm-like trees 4-8 m tall. Leaves– oblanceolate; blades 65-90 cm long by 6-12 cm wide; margins minutely callose-denticulate; sessile. Flower– hypanthium obovoid, 8-12 mm long; calyx … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #18: Cyanea humboldtiana

Cyanea humboldtiana Hawaiian Name: Haha Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: O’ahu (Ko’olau range) Date photographed: December 10, 2011 *Identification: Form– Stems woody, 1-2m long. Leaves– obovate to broadly elliptic; blades 18-45 cm long, 7-16 cm wide; upper surface glabrous, lower surface pubescent; petioles 3-4 … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #17: Cyanea pohaku

Cyanea pohaku Conservation Status: Extinct Distribution: East Maui (Pu’unianiau) Date photographed: October 11, 1910? (J.F. Rock) *Identification: Form– Sparingly branched trees 6-7 m tall. Leaves– oblanceolate; blades 16-30 cm long by 1.5-4 cm wide; margins callose-crenulate; winged petioles 0.8-2 cm long. Flower– … Continue reading

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Getting to know your Hawaiian Lobeliads #15: Brighamia insignis

Brighamia insignis Hawaiian Name: Alula Conservation Status: Endangered Distribution: Kaua’i (Napali Coast) Date photographed: 9/30/2011 Ease of viewing: Cultivated *Identification: Form– Unbranched stem succulents 1-5 m tall; stems stout, fleshy, thickened toward base. Leaves– Leaves obovate, arranged in a dense … Continue reading

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