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Capparis sandwichiana

Capparis sandwichiana DC.

Caper Bush, Hawaiian Caper, Maiapilo, Native Caper, Pilo

Capparaceae (Caper family)

Synonym(s): Capparis sandwichiana var. zoharyi

USDA Symbol: CASA4

USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Notes: Sprawling shrub up to about 5 feet tall, with stems up to about 15 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: White flowers open after sunset, by morning fade to pale pink.


Native Habitat: Generally a coastal plant, on coral, basalt, or rocky soil. Occasionally grows inland in dry areas.

Web Reference

Webref 31 - Native Plants Hawai’i (2018) University of Hawaii
Webref 44 - Plants of Hawaii (1997) Starr Environmental

Additional resources

USDA: Find Capparis sandwichiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Capparis sandwichiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Capparis sandwichiana


Record Modified: 2020-10-28
Research By: CBR

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