new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Euphorbia celastroides var. stokesii | by D.Eickhoff
Back to photostream

Euphorbia celastroides var. stokesii

[syn. Chamaesyce celastroides var. stokesii]

ʻAkoko, ʻekoko, koko, or kōkōmālei

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, and Kahoʻolawe)

Photo: Kīlauea Lighthouse, Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi

 

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/

 

Closeup

www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/5490575155/in/datetaken-...

 

Etymology

The generic name Euphorbia 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.

 

The varietal name, stokesii, was named for John Francis Gray Stokes (1876-1960), American photographer, genealogist, archaeologist and a plant collector in the Hawaiian Islands and Polynesia.

 

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

1,213 views
10 faves
5 comments
Taken on February 28, 2011