Hawaii is home to one of the world’s most exotic flora and fauna. Hand-woven flower garlands are often put on tourists and other guests and women adorn their hair with fresh plumerias in this paradise-like land. Hawaii’s abundance in flowers makes it one of the most unique floral paradises in the world. We’ve explored and handpicked Hawaii’s alluring flora so that you can view them without having to visit it.
Ma’o hau hele
The Ma’o hau hele that is also known as the Hibiscus brackenridgei, is Hawaii’s State flower. The tree that houses this beautiful flower can grow up to 10 meters tall. This flower is native to dry forest and shrub lands and grows at elevations from 400 to 2600 feet. It is found on all significant Hawaiian islands, except Ni’ihau and Kaho’olawe. Much to the dismay of flower lovers, this flower is listed as an endangered species.
The Hawaiian, name for the Hibiscus flower is quite queer. This flower has its origins in Hawaii itself. With large white and wonderfully fragrant blossoms, it grows in mesic forests at low elevations (below 3,000 feet elevation). This species grows only on the island of O’ahu.
Another name for this gorgeous flower is the Hibiscus kokio. This is a subspecies and usually grows as a shrub or a small tree growing up to 3 to 7 meters in height.
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