The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
The conservation of Abutilon menziesii is partially sponsored.
David Orr contributed to this Plant Profile.
Abutilon menziesii is a beautiful shrub with velvety light green, heart shaped leaves. Its flowers range from pale pink to maroon and are borne singularly at the base of the leaves. Abutilon menziesii has apparently been uncommon since its discovery in the 1800's, and is currently found in the dry forests of Lana`i, East Maui and Hawai`i. In 1981, a specimen collection was made in an abandoned cane field at Ewa, on the island of Oah`u and identified as Abutilon menziesii. It was thought at the time to be an escape from cultivation, but today plants located at the Ewa location are recognized as a distinct, naturally occurring population.
Distribution & Occurrence
Seasonally dry steep eroded slopes and along washed out gullies, 200-520 meters in elevation.
|Lana`i- 2 populations, Pu`u Mahanalua and north or Kaumalapau Road.
East Maui- 5 populations, Kalialinui Gulch drainage (3), vicinity of Pu`u o kali near Kihei (2).
Hawai`i- 1 population, Puako
O`ahu- 1 population, Ewa
Total plants approximately 450-500.
(USFWS 1995) and (USFWS 2001)
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Alien mammals-browsing, trampling
Insects-Chinese rose beetle
Loss of pollinators
Ewa, O`ahu population is being propagated and relocated.
Establishment of new field populations.
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Gustafson, R.J. Hawaii's Unique and Vanishing Flora: A Photographic Exhibition. [Web site] The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Foundation. http://
Lum, B. Native Hawaiian Gardens. Burt Lum, 1996-98. http://www.brouhaha.net/nahele/main.html. Accessed: 2002.