Big Island Plants
(Endemic to Hawaii)
LIFE FORM: Liana or climber,
ELEVATION RANGE: 2,000-10,000 ft
Wet to mesic forests throughout
Hawaii. Given a cool,
shady environment, this plant will do
fine in wet or moderately moist areas
below 2,000 fee
In sunlight, with good drainage (cinders added to soil) and
enough water, Pawale grows fast and
produces a flower plume of pinkish red
color, and many seeds.
Kept in shady areas, it will grow slower
and live longer, flowering only
occasionally when branches find their
way to sunlight gaps.
It can be pruned to encourage more
branching, and it will grow long liana
or branching stems that use surrounding
vegetation for support to grow longer.