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  • The flowering Trematolobelia macrostachys, is one of 124 species of Hawaiian lobelioids. Koʻolau Mountains, Oʻahu. Photo © Phil Spalding III
  • Lobelia villosa, island of Kauaʻi. Many lobelioids are endangered because they are eaten or trampled by pigs, goats, deer and other introduced hooved animals. Photo © Ken Wood
  • From above, the Lobelia villosa resembles a mandala. Photo © Ken Wood
  • Lobelia grayana, or blue ʻōpelu, in bloom at the Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve on Maui. Photo © Mike Neal-NealStudios.net
  • 'I'iwi on lobelia grayana. In Hawai'i, native honeycreepers and lobeliads evolved in a tight relationship of feeding--note the perfect fit between the long bill of the 'i'iwi and the tubular flower of the lobelia. Photo © Jack Jeffrey
  • The showy Lobelia kauaiensis with its tall spire of white-petaled flowers streaked with purple. Kanaele Bog, Kaua'i.  Photo © Nature Conservancy.
  • Pu'u Kukui Preserve at the summit of the West Maui Mountains is home to the lobelia gloria montis (glory of the mountains).  Photo © Ken Wood
  • Trematolobelia wimmeri, a species of lobelioid that hadn't been seen in years at the Conservancy's Kaʻū Preserve on Hawai'i Island, returned after all the pigs were removed. Photo © John Replogle
  • The endangered Trematolobelia singularis, is found in the southern Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu. Photo © Sebastian Marquez
  • Lobelia niihauensis is a rare and endangered species that occurs on the dry cliffs of O'ahu, Kaua'i and Ni'ihau. Photo © Ken Wood
  • 'Ohe nau paka is an example of 'convergent evolution' -- a flower from the nau paka family that over time developed characteristics of a Hawaiian lobelioid due to the presence of nectar sipping birds. Photo © Nature Conservancy
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