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Hibiscus arnottianus ssp. punaluuensis

Hibiscus arnottianus A. Gray ssp. punaluuensis (Skottsb.) D.M. Bates

Aloalo, Kokio Keokeo, Oahu White Hibiscus, Punaluu Rosemallow, Punaluu White Hibiscus

Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Synonym(s): Hibiscus arnottianus var. punaluuensis


USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: White petals with red staminal column. One of only two Hibiscus species known to have fragrant flowers.


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 Hibiscus arnottianus ssp. punaluuensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hibiscus arnottianus ssp. punaluuensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hibiscus arnottianus ssp. punaluuensis


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

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