Plant of the Week

Pelagodoxa henryana The only member in the genus Pelagodoxa (monotypic genus) and native to the Marquesas islands with small populations found in French Polynesia. Pelagodoxa henryana seeds don’t disperse well in water and are too large to be carried by birds and with a high susceptibility...

Barringtonia asiatica Fish Poison Tree, contains a chemical compound called saponin that is toxic to fish and other cold blooded animals. When Onomea was a fishing village, Hawaiians would make a pulp of this plant to extract the phytochemical and stun fish in freshwater streams and...