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Euphorbia celastroides var. kaenana

[syn., Chamaesyce celastroides var. kaenana]

ʻAkoko*, ʻekoko, koko, or kōkōmālei

Euphorbiaceae

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Oʻahu only)

IUCN: Endangered

Oʻahu (Cultivated)

 

* The name ʻakoko comes from the Hawaiian word koko for blood. They get their name from the red, or blood-colored, seed capsules appearing as drops of blood on the plant as seen in this photo.

 

Fruits & flowers

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Habit

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Etymology

The generic name Euphorbia is classically supposed to have been named for Euphorbus, a physician to the king of Mauretania in the first century A.D. (C.E.).

 

The specific epithet celastroides means "resembling Celastrus," a genus of shrubs and vines commonly known as staff vines, staff trees or bittersweet.

 

The variety kaenana name refers to Kaʻena Point where this species is nearly exclusively found.

 

nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Chamaesyce_celastroide...

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Taken on October 14, 2008