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Velvety Phyllostegia (Phyllostegia mollis)

Phyllostegia mollis, gulch beyond Palikea, O'ahu, endemic. Photo Credit: John K. Obata ©
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID: 130176
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

nearly erect perennial herb

Where is Velvety Phyllostegia (Phyllostegia mollis) located in the wild?


grows on steep slopes and in gulches in diverse mesic to wet forests



States & Provinces:

Velvety Phyllostegia can be found in Hawaii

Which CPC Partners conserve Velvety Phyllostegia (Phyllostegia mollis)?

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

  • 01/01/2010

competition from an alien plant species small number of extant populations, habitat degradation and predation by feral pigs

  • 01/01/2010

1 individual in Kaluaa Gulch, 45 individuals in Palikea, 50-70 individuals in Puu Kumakili, and 19 individuals on Puu Kalena in the Waianae Mountains on Oahu, and in Waiopai Gulch 1 individual. The four populations in the Waianae Mountains are estimated to contain approximately 120 to 140 individuals

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Taxon Phyllostegia mollis
Authority Benth.
Family Lamiaceae
CPC Number 7609
ITIS 196171
Duration Perennial
Common Names Velvety Phyllostegia | Waianae Range phyllostegia
Associated Scientific Names Phyllostegia parviflora var. honolulensis | Phyllostegia mollis | Phyllostegia honolulensis | Phyllostegia obatae | Phyllostegia swezeyi
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Hawaii S1
Ecological Relationships

Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting
Oahu Army Natural Resources Program Hawaii Reintroduction 2002
Oahu Army Natural Resources Program Hawaii Reinforcement 2007
Oahu Army Natural Resources Program Hawaii Reintroduction 2012

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