Flower Power

Hawaiian Lobelioids--The Pride of Our Flora

The flowering Trematolobelia macrostachys, is one of 124 species of Hawaiian lobelioids. Koʻolau Mountains, Oʻahu.

Lobelia villosa, island of Kauaʻi. Many lobelioids are endangered because they are eaten or trampled by pigs and other introduced hooved animals.

From above, the Lobelia villosa resembles a mandala.

Lobelia grayana in bloom at the Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve on Maui.

'I'iwi on lobelia grayana. In Hawai'i, native honeycreepers and lobeliads evolved in a tight relationship of feeding.

The showy Lobelia kauaiensis with its tall spire of white-petaled flowers streaked with purple. Kanaele Bog, Kaua'i.

Pu'u Kukui Preserve at the summit of the West Maui Mountains is home to the lobelia gloria montis (glory of the mountains).

Trematolobelia wimmeri, a species of lobelioid that hadn't been seen in years, returned at the Conservancy's Kaʻū Preserve after all the pigs were removed.

The endangered Trematolobelia singularis is found in the southern Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu.

Lobelia niihauensis is a rare and endangered species that occurs on the dry cliffs of O'ahu, Kaua'i and Ni'ihau.

'Ohe nau paka is a flower from the nau paka family that over time developed characteristics of a Hawaiian lobelioid due to the presence of nectar sipping birds.


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