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Portulaca molokiniensis

ʻIhi

Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Restricted to a few sites on Molokini Island (Maui), Puʻukoaʻe Islet and Kamōhio Bay, Kahoʻolawe)

Endangered

Oʻahu (Cultivated)

 

Closeup of Flowers

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Etymology

The generic name Portulaca is the Latin name for purslane (Portulaca oleracea).

 

The specific epithet molokiniensis refers to Molokini Islet off Maui's southern coast, one of the few places this endangered species can naturally be found growing.

 

NPH 00014

nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Portulaca_molokiniensis

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Taken on July 11, 2009