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Popolo (Cyanea solanacea)

  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Campanulaceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID: 128932
  • Lifeform: Shrub
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Cyanea solanacea, commonly known to Molokai natives are "popolo", is a tall shrub with pale green leaves and flowers that are white to pale lilac in color. This species is often confused with Cyanea macrostegia.

Where is Popolo (Cyanea solanacea) located in the wild?


Preferred habitats of popolo feature wet woodland forests with plenty of gulch slopes.


Currently, there are about 26 individuals found on the west region of the island, Moloka`i.

States & Provinces:

Popolo can be found in Hawaii

Which CPC Partners conserve Popolo (Cyanea solanacea)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Clarice Mendoza
  • 09/07/2017

Ecological threats to C. solanacea include destruction by feral pigs and direct competition with introduced plant species.

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Taxon Cyanea solanacea
Authority Hillebr.
Family Campanulaceae
CPC Number 1196
ITIS 34745
Duration Perennial
Common Names Popolo | Haha | Haha Nui
Associated Scientific Names Cyanea ferox | Cyanea ferox var. laevicalyx | Cyanea scabra var. sinuata | Cyanea solanacea | Delissea ferox | Delissea ferox var. laevicalyx | Delissea solanacea
Distribution Currently, there are about 26 individuals found on the west region of the island, Moloka`i.
State Rank
State State Rank
Hawaii S1
Ecological Relationships


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