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2850 001-01-6115 Euphorbia multiformis var. manoana.  Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mts., western side of Mānoa Valley, Pu`u`ōhi`a, Mānoa Cliffs Trail.  Plant 1 (in the same population as plant 2). | by jqcl
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2850 001-01-6115 Euphorbia multiformis var. manoana. Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mts., western side of Mānoa Valley, Pu`u`ōhi`a, Mānoa Cliffs Trail. Plant 1 (in the same population as plant 2).

Euphorbia multiformis Hooker and Arnott var. manoana Sherff (O`ahu, Ko`olau Mts., possibly elsewhere; appears to be a taxon of hybrid origin between E. celastroides var. amplectens and a kind of E. multiformis var. microphylla)

 

Hawaiian names: `akoko

Family: Euphorbiaceae - the spurge family

Habit: a shrub.

Native.

 

Euphorbia multiformis var. manoana has been recorded primarily from the Ko`olau Mountains, O`ahu. In addition to a number of herbarium specimens from the Ko`olau Mountains, Sherff (1938) considers three specimens from Lāna`i, a single specimen from the Wai`anae Mountains, O`ahu, and a single specimen from Kona on the island of Hawai`i as representing E. multiformis var. manoana.

 

I have seen E. multiformis var. manoana on the leeward (southern or southwestern) side of the southern Ko`olau Mountains from Mānoa to Moanalua.

 

Habitat: dry to mesic shrubland and forest.

 

Euphorbia multiformis var. manoana’s set -

www.flickr.com/photos/53193377@N02/sets/72157631580688842/

 

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Jan. 14, 2012

Hawai`i, O`ahu, Ko`olau Mountains, western side of Mānoa Valley, Pu`u`ōhi`a, Mānoa Cliffs Trail. Plant 1. Plants 1 and 2 were in the same population of plants along the trail. This population of Euphorbia appears to be the only population of native Euphorbia on the Mānoa Cliffs Trail, and as far as I know, there is no E. multiformis var. microphylla in the area, and perhaps no E. celastroides var. amplectens anywhere on the ridge system between the valleys of Nu`uanu, Pauoa, and Mānoa.

 

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Taken on January 14, 2012