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00500 001-02-3619 Cyrtandra 2 (similar to Cyrtandra 3). Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mts., Hau`ula area. Plant 2.

Cyrtandra 2


Hawaiian names: ha`iwale

Family: Gesneriaceae - the African violet family

Habit: a shrub.

Native; endemic. So far I have seen Cyrtandra 2 only in the Hau`ula area in the windward northern Ko`olau Mountains, O`ahu.

Habitat: gulch bottoms in mesic-wet forest.



Cyrtandra 2’s set -



May 22, 2010

Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mountains, northern part, windward (eastern) side, Hau`ula area. Plant 2 (one of two plants of this taxon seen). This individual was a relatively young, robust plant with a single major stem.


Heading upstream in this gulch, C. laxiflora was the first Cyrtandra taxon encountered. In this part of the Ko`olau Mountains it is always the only Cyrtandra found in the lower, drier parts of the gulches. Then after a while the first C. calpidicarpa plants were seen. Then plants of C. propinqua and Cyrtandra 2 showed up. Upstream of the plants of Cyrtandra 2 were seen the first plants of C. degenerans.


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Taken on May 22, 2010