Hawaiian Name(s): pā‘ihi, ‘ihi kū kēpau, pā a‘ihi‘ihi

Scientific Name: Rorippa sarmentosa

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Brassicaceae

Status: Polynesian introduction?

Authority: (G.Forst. ex DC.) J.F.Macbr.


Habitat Found in wet areas and occasionally disturbed habitats on most of the main islands (Wagner et al. 1990:412).

Medicines: Used in combination with other medicines for pa ‘ao‘ao and pa‘ao‘ao wiwi nonole illnesses (Chun 1998:46)

Non Medicinal Uses: The bark of the stem used to make a black dye (Krauss 1993:66).

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

Famous Locations:


`Ōlelo Noeau:

Dye Color and Parts: Black (stem bark)

Kino lau:

Location on Bishop Museum Kalihi Campus:

Propagation Information: