Species Name Abutilon menziesii
Synonyms Abutilon menziesii |
Common Name ko'oloa 'ula |
CPC Number 13
Natures Serve Global Rank G1
Global Rank Review Date 8/7/1990
Federal Listing Status LE
Description 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.