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Kaua`i Community College

Trees & Plants on Campus


 

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The koa tree is an endemic plant of the Hawaiian Islands. Its scientific name is Acacia koa , and it belongs to
the Mimosa (Pea) family.
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Kou is the Hawaiian name for Cordia subcordata , which is part of the Heliotrope (Boraginaceae) family .
It is found in Polynesia, tropical Asia and East Africa.

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The kukui nut ( Aleurites moluccana ssp. remyi ) tree is endemic to the island of Kauai. It belongs to the
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) family.

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Milo is the Hawaiian name for the Portia tree. Its scientific name is Thespesia populnea, and it belongs to the
Malvaceae (Hibiscus) family.

 

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‘Ulu, breadfruit, belongs to the Moraceae family. Its scientific name is Artocarpus altilis . ‘Ulu was one of the plants considered very important to the culture of the early Polynesian settlers. They brought them in their canoes to Hawai'i.
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Koki'o ke'oke'o (Hibiscus waimeae) is a native shrub that belongs to the Malvaceae, Marrow family. It is endemic to Kauai and is an endangered species.


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Wiliwili, the Hawaiian name for the Hawaiian coral tree, belongs to the Fabaceae (Pea) family. Its scientific name is Erythrina sandwicensis .
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The pua kenikeni
( Fagraea berteroana ), whose family name is Loganiaceae , produces a two-inch flower with five petals.
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