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Oahu Pilo Kea (Melicope cornuta var. cornuta)

Photo Credit: Susan Ching/US Fish and Wildlife Service © 2011
  • Global Rank: T1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Rutaceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID: 159382
  • Lifeform: Shrub
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

The Oahu Pilo Kea is smaller shrub with a few branches with white/cream-colored flowers. The flowers grow in clusters of up to 15 and mature into capsule fruits.

Where is Oahu Pilo Kea (Melicope cornuta var. cornuta) located in the wild?


This shrub species prefers to grow in habitats of wet montane forests.


It is endemic to the Ko'olau Mountains of Oahu with less than 50 individuals.

States & Provinces:

Oahu Pilo Kea can be found in Hawaii

Which CPC Partners conserve Oahu Pilo Kea (Melicope cornuta var. cornuta)?

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Conservation Actions

Clarice Mendoza
  • 09/01/2017

The species' ecological threats include predation by feral pigs and competition for resources with introduced alien species.

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Taxon Melicope cornuta var. cornuta
Authority (Hillebr.) Appelhans, K.R. Wood & W.I. Wagner
Family Rutaceae
CPC Number 11798
Duration Perennial
Common Names Alani | Oahu Pilo Kea
Associated Scientific Names Platydesma cornuta var. cornuta | Melicope cornuta var. cornuta
Distribution It is endemic to the Ko'olau Mountains of Oahu with less than 50 individuals.
State Rank
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Hawaii S1
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