Hawaiian Name(s): na‘ena‘e, kūpaoa

Scientific Name: Dubautia (24 species)

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Asteraceae

Status: endemic

Authority: D. arborea (A.Gray) D.D.Keck, D. ciliolata (DC.) D.D.Keck, D. dolosa (O.Deg. & Sherff) G.D.Carr, D. herbstobatae G.D.Carr, D. imbricata H.St.John & G.D.Carr, D.kalalauensis B.G.Baldwin & G.D.Carr, D. kenwoodii G.D.Carr, D. knudsenii Hillebr., D. laevigata A.Gray, D. latifolia (A.Gray) D.D.Keck, D. laxa Hook. & Arn., D. linearis (Gaudich.) D.D.Keck, D. menziesii (A.Gray) D.D.Keck, D. microcephala Skottsb., D. paleata A.Gray, D. pauciflorula H.St.John & G.D.Carr, D. plantaginea Gaudich., D. platyphylla (A.Gray) D.D.Keck, D. raillardioides Hillebr., D. reticulata (Sherff) D.D.Keck, D. scabra (DC.) D.D.Keck, D. sherffiana Fosberg, D. syndetica G.D.Carr & Lorence, D. waialealae Rock

Description: Resinous shrub/small trees.

Habitat Habitats vary widely, most common in wet to mesic environments. Most restricted in range: D. herbstobatae, D. pauciflorula, D. sherffiana (O‘ahu); D. imbricata, D. knudsenii, D. laevigata, D. latifolia, D. microcephala, D. paleata, D. pauciflorula, D. platyphylla, D. raillardioides, D. waialealae (Kaua‘i); D. dolosa, D. menziesii, D. reticulata (Maui); D. arborea, D. ciliolata (Hawai‘i). Other species on more than one island: D. laxa (Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Maui, Lāni‘i); D. scabra and D. linearis (Moloka‘i, Lāni‘i, Maui, Hawai‘i); D. plantaginea (Moloka‘i, Lāni‘i, Maui, Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, O‘ahu) (Wagner et al. 1990:292–308).


Non Medicinal Uses: Roots used to scent kapa (Handy et al 1972:237).

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

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Kino lau:

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Propagation Information: Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database

Seed: Seed length approximately 2 mm. Photograph: H. Lennsrtom.
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