The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Harold L. Lyon Arboretum
The conservation of Cyanea asarifolia is fully sponsored.
Nellie Sugii contributed to this Plant Profile.
Discovered fairly recently in 1970, Cyanea asarifolia was known only from a single population of five or six plants above the bed of Anahola Stream on the island of Kaua`i. Recent attempts to relocate this population have failed and this population is now thought to be extinct. In 1991, another population of 14 mature plants and 5 seedlings was discovered at the headwaters of the Wailua River in central Kaua`i. In 1992, Hurricane Iniki heavily damaged the Cyanea asarifolia population, destroying all but 4 or 5 young plants. This single remaining population continues to be vulnerable to hurricanes, natural rock slides, competition with alien plants and animals, and over collecting. (USFWS 1987)
Cyanea asarifolia is an attractive small shrub with heart-shaped leaves and beautiful inflorescences comprised of up to 30-40 white with purple striped flowers. (Wagner et al. 1999)
Distribution & Occurrence
This species typically grows in pockets of soil on sheer rock cliffs in lowland wet forests at an elevation of approximately 330 meters (1,080 feet). (Wagner, et al. 1999) and (USFWS 1995)
At least 10 individuals left
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Reduced reproductive rigor
(USFWS 2001, 1995)
Seed storage (National Tropical Botanical Garden)
Outplanting (Kauai Department of Forestry and Wildlife)
(USFWS 2001, 1995)
Optimization of propagation protocols
Public education awareness programs
1996. Conservation of Hawaiian lobeloids: In Vitro and Molecular Studies. Dissertation Abstracts International. 57-05, Section: B: 2966.
Buss, C.C.; Lammers, T.G.; Wise, R.R. 2001. Seed coat morphology and its systematic implications in Cyanea and other genera of Lobelioideae (Campanulaceae). American Journal of Botany. 88, 1301-1308