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Cheirodendron platyphyllum ssp. kauaiense

Cheirodendron platyphyllum (Hook. & Arn.) Seem. ssp. kauaiense (Krajina) Lowry

Lapalapa, Olapa, Olapalapa

Araliaceae (Ginseng family)

Synonym(s): Cheirodendron kauaiense, Cheirodendron kauaiense var. keakuense


USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 30 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


Native Habitat: Wet to mesic forests.


Bibref 1798 - Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii, Revised Edition (1999) Wagner, W.L.; Herbst, D.R.; Sohmer, S.H.

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Web Reference

Webref 31 - Native Plants Hawai’i (2018) University of Hawaii

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cheirodendron platyphyllum ssp. kauaiense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cheirodendron platyphyllum ssp. kauaiense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cheirodendron platyphyllum ssp. kauaiense


Record Modified: 2020-12-10
Research By: CBR

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