Hawaiian Name(s): kolomona, kalamona, heuhiuhi, uhiuhi

Scientific Name: Senna gaudichaudii

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Fabaceae

Status: indigenous

Authority: (Hook. & Arn.) H.Irwin & Barneby

Description: Shrubs 0.5-4 m.

Habitat The native Senna occurs primarily on leeward sides on talus slopes, lava flows or rocky sites in coastal shrubland, dry to mesic forest 5–920 m on most main islands (Wagner et al. 1990:699).


Non Medicinal Uses: Flowers used in lei (McDonald 1989:67).

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

Famous Locations:


`Ōlelo Noeau:

Dye Color and Parts: Pale green (flowers)

Kino lau:

Location on Bishop Museum Kalihi Campus:

Propagation Information: Plant seeds in pot of sterile, pre-moistened potting medium (1:1 peat moss:perlite), water daily, transplant into individual pots when 2 sets of leaves appear; drought tolerant (Bornhorst and Rauch 199:12–13).
Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database.
Native Plants Hawaii.

Seed: Seed length approximately 6.6 mm. Photograph: B.Kennedy.
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