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Melicope hawaiensis

Melicope hawaiensis (Wawra) T.G. Hartley & B.C. Stone

Mokihana Kukae Moa, Alani, Alani Kuahiwi, Manena

Rutaceae (Rue family)

Synonym(s): Pelea hawaiensis, Pelea hawaiensis var. brighamii, Pelea hawaiensis var. gaudichaudii, Pelea hawaiensis var. molokaiana, Pelea hawaiensis var. pilosa, Pelea hawaiensis var. racemiflora, Pelea hawaiensis var. remyana, Pelea hawaiensis var. rubra, Pelea hawaiensis var. sulfurea, Pelea kilaueaensis

USDA Symbol: MEHA4

USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 30 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: May bloom any time of year under the right conditions.


Native Habitat: Dry forests, sometimes in 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 49 - Flora of the Hawaiian Islands (2020) Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-05-24
Research By: CBR

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