Campus Plants - Page 19

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Phytolacca dioica, Phytolaccaceae, ombu. Large, fast growing shade tree from South America, with somewhat pendulous clusters of cream-colored flowers. It is said that anyone who sleeps under an ombu must be aware of evil magic. Location: Mauka side of Sinclair Library.
Pilea microphylla, Urticaceae, artillery plant. A small, usually prostrate herb from tropical America with very small leaves and tiny greenish female flowers and pinkish, somewhat larger male flowers. The common name refers to the catapult mechanism for dispersing pollen. Location: As ground cover or border plant, often volunteering on damp, shaded ground or wet rocks; e.g., East West Center Japanese Garden.
Pimenta dioica, Myrtaceae, allspice. Tree from tropical America, with purplish, berry-like fruit about 6 mm in diameter. The foliage has a delightful fragrance when crushed. An important new world spice used in foods (combining the flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves) and as a source of perfume. Location: Makai of Biomed; Ewa court of Henke.
Piper methysticum, Piperaceae, 'awa, kava, used in the preparation of a narcotic drink. Location: St. John Courtyard.
Pistia stratiotes, Araceae, water lettuce. Small floating rosette plant from tropical America, introduced to Hawaii in 1932. Water lettuce can choke streams and ponds and may become a troublesome weed in taro or rice fields. Location: St. John courtyard; EWC Japanese garden.
Pithecellobium dulce, Mimosaceae, opiuma. Ornamental shade tree from tropical America, brought to Hawaii about 1870. Does well in dry sites at low elevations. A form called "white opiuma" has leaves that turn white during summer. Location: Near Auxiliary services and entrance to lot 6.
Pittosporum resiniferum, Pittosporaceae, resin cheesewood, petroleum nut.  Tree from the Philippines with much resin in the fruit that has potential as a source of energy. April, 2004. Location: near makai-Ewa corner of St. John Plant Science Laboratory.
Pittosporum tobira, Pittosporaceae, Japanese pittosporum. Shrub or small tree from China and Japan, commonly planted as a hedge; rarely flowers in Hawaii. Location: Hamilton Snack Bar; EWC Japanese Gardens.
Pittosporum sp. small tree near row of oleander just mauka of Bachman parking area, April 14, 2005.
Plantago major, Plantaginaceae, broad-leaved plantain. Herbaceous weedy perennial from Eurasia with broad basal leaves and slender leafless flower stalk bearing tiny closely spaced flowers with minute parchment-like petals. Location: Very common in weedy lawns and waste areas.
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Platymiscium stipulare, Fabaceae, platymiscium Large tree from Peru, with 5-parted leaves borne in pairs along the stems. The flowers are yellow and small in elongated clusters. The fruit is flat, membranous, and 1-seeded. Location: Near mauka-Ewa corner of Henke; on bank mauka of Medical Bldg.; at park near faculty housing on Dole Street.
Plectranthus scutellarioides, Lamiaceae, coleus. Herb from Java, many forms cultivated in Hawaii for attractive leaf colors, including green, red, purple, yellow, and variegated types; also sparingly naturalized. Location: St. John courtyard.
Plumbago auriculata, Plumbaginaceae, plumbago, hilie'e. Common ornamental, usually blue-flowered shrub from South Africa; poisonous. Location: Various places on campus; Diamond Head of Miller.
Plumeria obtusa, Apocynaceae, Singapore plumeria. Small ornamental tree from W. Indies, with fragrant, white flowers popular for leis. Location: Makai of Pope Greenhouses; mauka of Jefferson Hall.
Plumeria rubra, Apocynaceae, red plumeria, frangipani. Small ornamental tree from Mexico to Venezuela, with pink to red or rose-colored flowers. One of the most popular lei flowers, long lasting and fragrant. Location: Makai of Sinclair Library; Mauka of Dean; Ewa of Auxiliary Services.
Podocarpus macrophyllus, Podocarpaceae, Japanese yew, Buddhist pine. Ornamental tree from China with narrow glossy leaves to 4 inches long; fruit greenish to purplish, 1/3 to 1/2 inch long on fleshy purplish receptacle. Location: Ewa side of Hamilton.
Podranea ricasoliana, pink trumpet vine, Port John's creeper, ornamental liana from South Africa.

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