Plant Species

found in Hawaiʻi

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    Scientific name:

    Nephrolepis cordifolia

    Hawaiian Name:

    Kupukupu

    Ecological Characteristics:

    Understory, Herbaceous, mat forming

    Habitat:

    Dry forest, Wet forest, Mesic forest, Lava fields

    Cultural Uses:

    Protocol, Lei

    Fun Fact: Kupukupu is a pioneer species/primary successionspecies, meaning it is one of the first plants to grow onlava fields. They help break down rock into soil sothat secondary species like ʻōhiʻa, koa, and wiliwili can grow!

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    Scientific name:

    Vitex rotundifolia

    Hawaiian Name:

    Pōhinahina

    Ecological Characteristics:

    Understory, Shrub, roundness

    Habitat:

    Coastal

    Cultural Uses:

    Kapa, Lei, lāʻau

    Fun Fact: Pōhinahina is in in the mint family Lamiaceae, and
    similar to its relatives, it can be used to soothe an upset stomach.