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previous photos have had the background information on these interesting blooms

 

locally called Ohia Lehua..

A native plant in Pacific Islands and Australia..Known in Latin as Metrosideros polymorpha, Hawaiian names: 'ohia lehua, 'ohia, lehua, lehua papa, lehua 'ahihi, 'ahihi ku ma kua, 'ahihi lehua, kumakua, 'ohi'a 'ahihi, Endemic. This extremely variable species may be mature and flower when only a few inches tall in bogs but may reach towering heights in other habitats. Leaves range from thick and very pubescent to thin and glabrous. Flowers may be either red, or less frequently, yellow. The species is the most pervasive native forest tree in Hawaii, found on all the major islands and in a variety of habitats. It is an important food plant for native bird

 

 

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Taken on April 9, 2006