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Scaevola gaudichaudiana

Naupaka kuahiwi or Mountain naupaka

Goodeniaceae (Goodenia family)

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Kauaʻi & Oʻahu)

ʻAiea Loop Trail, Oʻahu

 

Flowers have a pleasant fragrance that will command your attention. One colorful description of the flower scent is like the children's breakfast cereal "Trix"!

 

Early Hawaiians used the fruits of naupaka kuahiwi to produce a purplish black dye. www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/14208855173/in/photolist...

 

The fragrant flowers were also used in lei making by early Hawaiians.

 

Hawaiian Name:

Six upland species of Scaevola share the Hawaiian name naupaka kuahiwi which means "naupaka of the mountains."

 

Etymology

The generic name Scaevola is derived from the Greek scaevus, left-handed or awkward, perhaps in reference to the "awkward" appearance of the "half flower."

 

The specific epithet gaudichaudiana is named after the French botanist Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré (1789-1854) who made several contributions to the knowledge of Hawaiian flora during his voyages to the islands.

 

nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Scaevola_gaudichaudiana

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Taken on September 12, 2008