The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
The conservation of Lipochaeta micrantha is fully sponsored.
David Orr contributed to this Plant Profile.
Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha is a member of the aster family. It is a woody perennial herb with somewhat triangular and hairy leaves. The flower heads are in clusters of 2 or 3, often purple near the base and along the midrib. Historically, Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha was found on Kaua`i from Hanpepe Valley and in the Koloa District. Today, only two to four populations consisting of 150-570 individuals remain in the Koaie Canyon area.
Distribution & Occurrence
Diverse mesic forest at an elevation of 300 to 400 meters (USFWS 1995) and (Wagner et al. 1999).
|2-4 populations totaling 150 to 570 individuals on Kaua`i (USFWS 1995).|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Alien plant competition.
Stochastic extinction and/or reduced reproductive vigor due to the small number of existing populations.
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Garnett, W. 1990. Plants in the National Collection of the Center for Plant Conservation growing at Waimea Arboretum Botanical Garden. Notes from Waimea Arboretum & Botanical Garden. 17, 2: 4-16.
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