Cyrtandra olona   (Forbes)


 
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Wahiawa Cyrtandra
(Cyrtandra olona)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Inseln: Wahiawa Mountains / Kaua'i

 
local name:

ha'iwale (Hawaiian - Hawai'i Islands)

 
size: ca. 0,6 m (heigth)

extinction date: (?)

 
The Wahiawa Cyrtandra comes from the Wahiawa Mountains on the island of Kaua'i, where it was discovered in the year 1909.

The species reached a height of about 60 cm, all parts of the plant, stems as leaves, were glabrous.

The species was named after another endemic plant of the Hawai'i Islands, the Olona (Touchardia latifolia), a member of the Nettle family, that this Cyrtandra species superficial resembles.

 
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Wahiawa Cyrtandra (Cyrtandra olona)


Photo from 'Charles N. Forbes: New Hawaiian Plants. Occasional Papers of Bernice P. Bishop Museum. 7:31-41. 1922'

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

 
References:

- Charles N. Forbes: New Hawaiian Plants. Occasional Papers of Bernice P. Bishop Museum. 7:31-41. 1922