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Cyanea angustifolia

Hāhā

Campanulaceae (Bellflower family)

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Oʻahu, east Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, north West Maui)

Uncommon to rare

Waiʻanae-Kai Trail, Waiʻanae Mountains, Oʻahu

 

Cyanea is an endemic genus of some 80 species with new species still being discovered.

 

Closeup of flowers

www.flickr.com/photos/50823119@N08/4822099041/in/photolis...

 

Leaves of this species (Cyanea angustifolia) as well as ʻakuʻaku (Cyanea platyphylla), now endangered, were wrapped in ti (kī) leaves, cooked in an ʻimu and eaten in times of food scarcity by early Hawaiians.

 

Etymology

The generic name Cyanea is from the Greek, cyaneos, blue, referring to the supposedly blue flowers of the type species, Cyanea grimesiana, which in reality are white or to purplish.

 

The specific name angustifolia [angustifolius] means "narrow leaved."

nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Cyanea_angustifolia

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Taken on July 17, 2006