Remarkable Features—Many clusters of
bright red, edible fruits and bright
Environment—Mesic to wet forests,
and in bogs.
Range—Windward slopes, some leeward. This
endemic native shrub occurs on all
Hawaiian islands with elevation,
healthy populations throughout Puna,
Plant Form—Shrub or
small tree, small diameter main stem
for several years, keeps growing
larger with age.
to birds, who help spread the seeds.
Though not as sweet as the
dryland variety V. reticulatum,
V. calycinum fruits can also
be eaten raw or cooked.
under part shade, base
of hapu`u, on
rotted logs, low ground. Brittle
base, stepping on it will damage it.