Large, usually somewhat diffuse shrub with opposite leaves. Diagnostic features of the species include mostly 5-9-nerved, opposite leaves and large heads with up to 30 florets. Flowering occurs mostly from mid-August to December.
This species is found only on East Maui where it occupies wet forest habitats ranging in elevation from 1,525-2,275 m. The sites occupied by the species receive about 100-375 cm of annual precipitation.
Last Modification: January 23, 2005
Each "thumbnail" image below is linked to a larger photograph.
|Lake Wai'anapanapa, E Maui, type locality of the species.|
|Large shrub in wet forest. (photo 1977, Wai'anapanapa, E. Maui)|
|Mid-range view of vegetative plant. (photo 1977, Wai'anapanapa, E. Maui)|
|Young plant. (photo 1977, Wai'anapanapa, E. Maui)|
|Rangy shrub. (photo 1983, Ko'olau Gap, E. Maui)|
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