The Flowers, Bushes, & Trees of Kuau Bayview

Photo of Apple of Peru, Shoo-fly Apple of Peru, Shoo-fly   Nicandra physalodes

A native of the Andes region in South America, apple of Peru belongs to the same family, Solanaceae, as tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes. Leaves are arrowhead-shaped and pointed at the tip, with irregularly toothed margins. The plant produces light-purple (occasionally white), trumpet-shaped flowers that develop into dry, papery lantern-like structures encasing a single berry with many seeds. It can grow up to six feet tall. This weed is invasive and quickly takes over an area, becoming a serious problem for farmers. There is no good herbicide to control it and seeds can survive in the soil in the dormant phase for many years. It is called Shoo-fly due to its ability to repel insects.   More on Apple of Peru, Shoo-fly.

Photo of Areca Palm Areca Palm (bamboo palm, golden cane palm, or butterfly palm)   Dypsis lutescens

Dypsis lutescens is a species of flowering plant in the Arecaceae family, native to Madagascar. Multiple stems emerge from a clumping base and can reach over 30 feet in height. Highly drought tolerant with a moderate salt tolerance. Tendency for potassium deficiency. The leaves are arched, long, and pinnate, with 40-60 pairs of leaflets. It bears panicles of yellow seed pods which are eaten by birds. The Areca Palm germinates easily and rapidly from fresh seeds and by divisions of clumps. It filters xylene and toluene from the air. It is also an effective humidifier.   More on Areca Palm.

Photo of Autograph Tree Autograph Tree  

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Photo of Be-Still Tree - Yellow Oleander Be-Still Tree - Yellow Oleander (Noho-Malie)   Thevetia peruviana (Pers.) K. Schum.

Attractive, ever-blooming shrub or small tree with shiny, dark green, narrow leaves and yellow funnel-shaped flowers with a mild fragrance. One form has salmon-colored flowers. The fruits are small, irregularly-shaped apples about an inch in diameter and contain two large oily seeds. The BE-STILL TREE is one of the most frequent causes of fatal or dangerous poisoning. All parts of the plant are poisonous and highly toxic. Children have been poisoned from using sticks of this wood for roasting hot dogs or marshmallows.   More on Be-Still Tree - Yellow Oleander.

Photo of Bitter Gourd Bitter Gourd  

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Photo of Black Nightshade Black Nightshade (popoli)  

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Photo of Brazilian Pepper Brazilian Pepper  

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Photo of Cheeseweed Cheeseweed  

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Photo of Chili Pepper Plant Chili Pepper Plant  

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Photo of Chinese Violet Chinese Violet  

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Photo of Coat Buttons Coat Buttons  

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Photo of Common Guava Common Guava  

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Photo of Common Purslane Common Purslane  

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Photo of Coral Creeper Coral Creeper  

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Photo of Cow Pea Cow Pea  

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Photo of Dayflower Dayflower (honohono)   Commelina diffusa

Commelina diffusa, sometimes known as the climbing dayflower or spreading dayflower, is a pantropical herbaceous plant in the dayflower family. It has been introduced to the southeastern United States where it is most common in wet disturbed soils Commelina diffusa is typically an annual herb, though it may be perennial in the tropics.[2] It spreads diffusely, creeping along the ground, branching heavily and rooting at the nodes, obtaining stem lengths up to 1 metre. Within Hawaii, "honohono grass" was used as medicine to aid with deep cuts. While other Hawaiian herbs just get superficial cuts, honohono grass is an herb to aid with deeper troubling issues.   More on Dayflower.

Photo of Dendrolobium Vines Dendrolobium Vines  

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Photo of Elephant Grass Elephant Grass  

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Photo of Ficus Ficus  

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Photo of Floras Paintbrush Floras Paintbrush  

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Photo of Formosan koa, Formosan acacia, Fabaceae , Small Philippine acacia Formosan koa, Formosan acacia, Fabaceae , Small Philippine acacia   Acacia confusa

A relative of the Hawaiian Koa. Note the slightly sickle-shaped leaves. These are true leaves as opposed to the similar looking leaves of the Koa which are actually phyllodes, which are not leaves, but function as leaves.   More on Formosan koa, Formosan acacia, Fabaceae , Small Philippine acacia.

Photo of Fukian Tea Fukian Tea  

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Photo of Garden Spurge Garden Spurge  

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Photo of Golden Crownbeard Golden Crownbeard  

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Photo of Golden Shower Tree Golden Shower Tree   Cassia fistula

The golden shower tree is a medium-sized tree, growing to 33–66 ft tall with fast growth. The leaves are deciduous, 5.9–24 in long, pinnate with 3 to 8 pairs of leaflets, each leaflet 2.8–8.3 inches long and 1.6–3.5 inches broad. The flowers are produced in pendulous racemes 7.9–16 in long, each flower 1.6–2.8 in diameter with five yellow petals of equal size and shape. The fruit is a legume, 12–24 in long and 0.59–0.98 in broad, with a pungent odor and containing several seeds. The seeds are poisonous. The tree has strong and very durable wood.   More on Golden Shower Tree.

Photo of Graceful Spurge Graceful Spurge  

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Photo of Guinea Grass Guinea Grass  

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Photo of Hairy Abutilon Hairy Abutilon  

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Photo of Hairy Beggartick Hairy Beggartick  

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Photo of Haole Koa, Lead Tree Haole Koa, Lead Tree (haole koa, ekoa, lilikoa)   Leucaena leucocephala

Shrubby bush or tree usually 6-8 ft but occasionally to 30-60 ft. The tree is an extremely fast-grower & prolific seed producer. Though originally grown for cattle fodder and as a shade tree on coffee plantations, it has turned out to be one of the most aggressive pest species in the islands. Native to Central America but has naturalized in many tropical regions.

It has compound leaves that produce many feathery leaflets similar in appearance to other members of the legumes, such as peas and acacias. Grows best under full sun, needs little water or care once established. Grows in practically any soil type, doesn't mind salt spray. Produces hard shiny, brown seeds in seed pods. Seedlings can take less than 12 months to come into bearing.

Uses: Young pods are cooked and eaten as vegetables. Seeds can be used as a substitute for coffee, and when cooked can be eaten like popcorn. Commonly used in tropical regions as cattle fodder. Hard seeds are incorporated into jewelery. Historically, the bark was used to treat stomach pain, and as a contraceptive.   More on Haole Koa, Lead Tree.

Photo of Horsfalls Morning Glory Horsfalls Morning Glory  

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Photo of Jamaican Vervain Jamaican Vervain  

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Photo of Kiss Me Quick Kiss Me Quick  

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Photo of Kudsu Kudsu  

This is the creeping vine that killed the Bougainvilleas on Lae St. It has trilobate leaves and a white-colored root. It eventually covers and chokes out anything it climbs upon.   More on Kudsu.

Photo of Leadwort Leadwort  

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Photo of Lion's Ear Lion's Ear  

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Photo of Manilla Tamarind Manilla Tamarind  

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Photo of Mistflower Mistflower  

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Photo of Morning Glory Morning Glory   Ipomoea obscura

Morning Glory is a climbing vine displaying a white flower with a round, brown seed pod. By crowding out, blanketing, and smothering other plants, morning glory has turned into a serious invasive weed problem on Maui, specially in Ulupalakua. In KB it is often seen climbing on fences.   More on Morning Glory.

Photo of Mother In Law's Tongue Mother In Law's Tongue   sans seviera

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Photo of Naupaka Naupaka  

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Photo of Octopus Tree Octopus Tree  

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Photo of Oriental False Hawksbeard Oriental False Hawksbeard  

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Photo of Partridge Pea Partridge Pea  

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Photo of Prickly Pear Cactus Prickly Pear Cactus  

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Photo of Prickly Poppy, Hawaiian Poppy Prickly Poppy, Hawaiian Poppy  

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Photo of Primrose Willow Primrose Willow (kamole)   Ludwigia octovalvis

Ludwigia is a genus of about 75 species of aquatic plants with a cosmopolitan but mainly tropical distribution. At current, there is much debate among botanists and plant taxonomists as to the classification of many Ludwigia species. Wikipedia Scientific name: Ludwigia Rank: Genus Higher classification: Onagraceae Lower classifications: Ludwigia alternifolia, Ludwigia palustris, Ludwigia anastomosans, Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia peploides   More on Primrose Willow.

Photo of Sea Grape Sea Grape  

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Photo of Sea Hibiscus Tree Sea Hibiscus Tree  

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Photo of Slender Mimosa Slender Mimosa  

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Photo of Sour Paspallum Grass Sour Paspallum Grass  

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Photo of Sourbush Sourbush  

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Photo of Sow Thistle Sow Thistle  

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Photo of Spiny Amaranth, Spanish Thorn Spiny Amaranth, Spanish Thorn  

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Photo of Spraypond Spraypond  

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Photo of Waltheria Waltheria  

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Photo of Wedelia Wedelia  

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Photo of Wild Spider Flower Wild Spider Flower  

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Photo of Wild Tamarind Wild Tamarind  

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Photo of Wild Tomato Wild Tomato  

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