Hawaiian Name(s): mēhamehame

Scientific Name: Flueggea neowawraea

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Phyllanthaceae

Status: endemic

Authority: W.J.Hayden

Description: One of the rarest trees in Hawai‘i, up to 30 m tall & 2 m in diameter, bark pale brown, fruit reddish-brown.

Habitat Very rare tree dry to mesic forests 250–1000 m in small populations on Kaua‘i; Wai‘anae Mountains, O‘ahu; Moloka‘i?; Haleakala, Maui; & Kona Coast, Hawai‘i (Wagner et al. 1990:620–621).


Non Medicinal Uses: Wood very heavy and hard, does not appear to be easily worked (Lamb 1981:73).

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

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Propagation Information: Native Plants Hawaii.