Hawaiian Name(s): aloalo

Scientific Name: Hibiscus (4 species)

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Malvaceae

Status: endemic and indigenous

Authority: H. brackenridgei A.Gray, H. clayi O.Deg. & I.Deg., H. furvellatus Desr., H. waimae A.Heller

Description: Shrubs, five petals varying in color (white, yellow, orange, pink, red).

Habitat Habitats vary by species (see Wagner et al. 1990:881–889).

Medicines: Sometimes the ovaries/bases of the flower were used as an alternative to hau sap as a mild laxative (Krauss 1993:102)

Non Medicinal Uses:

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

Famous Locations:


`Ōlelo Noeau:

Dye Color and Parts:

Kino lau:

Location on Bishop Museum Kalihi Campus:

Propagation Information: Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database.
Native Plants Hawaii.