• gynoecium

Capparis sandwichiana

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Maiapio, Pua pilo or Hawaiian caper
Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands
Status: Vulnerable
Kalaeloa, Oʻahu

A single fruit forms at the gynoecium located at the end of stigma (style).

Maiapilo was apparently used medicinally for healing fractured or broken bones by early Hawaiians. The whole plant would be pounded and applied to body joints, never to the injured area. The milky sap mixed with other ingredients was applied externally to treat boils.


Lauren Gutierrez, logos noesis, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. XJCreations 42 months ago | reply

    I will be adding this to the landscape when I can source it.

  2. weedmandan 42 months ago | reply

    perfect capture David!

  3. EncyclopediaOfLife 39 months ago | reply

    Encyclopedia of Life curator David Eickhoff has trusted your image on the EOL site

  4. D.Eickhoff 29 months ago | reply

    Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much) everybody for your Favs!

  5. YoyoFreelance 15 months ago | reply

    This lovely flower was seen at

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    A Single Flower

  6. DavidBruceLeonard 13 months ago | reply

    Uncle Harry Mitchell of Keanae Maui was gathering maia pilo on state land as a treatment for his cancer when he was arrested in 1991.

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