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Halophila hawaiiana

Halophila hawaiiana Doty & B.C. Stone

Hawaii Seagrass

Hydrocharitaceae (Tape-grass family)

Synonym(s): Halophila ovalis ssp. hawaiiana

USDA Symbol: HAHA3

USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Erect stems absent, submersed leaves attached to rhizome, flowers submersed.
Fruit: Berrylike.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Petals absent, submersed flowers inconspicuous.


Native Habitat: Sandy substrates of marine waters.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 43 - Hawaiian Native Plant Genera (2006) University of Hawaii

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-11-02
Research By: CBR

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