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Hedyotis fosbergii

Hedyotis fosbergii W.L. Wagner & D.R. Herbst

Fosberg's Starviolet, Manono

Rubiaceae (Madder family)

Synonym(s): Gouldia st.-johnii, Gouldia st.-johnii var. munroi

USDA Symbol: HEFO5

USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.
Fruit: Drupaceous, dark blue to purplish black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Lobes green, tube sometimes purple. May bloom any time of year under the right conditions.


Native Habitat: Windswept ridges and upper slopes in wet forests.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC
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.


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 49 - Flora of the Hawaiian Islands (2020) Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Webref 43 - Hawaiian Native Plant Genera (2006) University of Hawaii

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-07-01
Research By: CBR

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