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Euphorbia celastroides var. celastroides

[syn., Chamaesyce celastroides var. celastroides]

ʻAkoko, ʻekoko, koko, or kōkōmālei

Euphorbaceae

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands

Oʻahu (Cultivated), Nīhoa form

 

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 on some varieties and species. www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/4839128621/

 

Etymology

The current genus is Euphorbia, and 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.

 

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

 

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Taken on March 6, 2010