CPC Plant Profile: Kauai Nehe
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Kauai Nehe (Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha)

This shot shows the leaves with a flower. Photo Credit: Waimea
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID: 137250
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 02/10/1987

Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha is a member of the aster family. It is a woody perennial herb with somewhat triangular and hairy leaves. The flower heads are in clusters of 2 or 3, often purple near the base and along the midrib. Historically, Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha was found on Kaua`i from Hanpepe Valley and in the Koloa District. Today, only two to four populations consisting of 150-570 individuals remain in the Koaie Canyon area.

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  • 09/19/2020
  • Propagation Research

Propagation-seeds, cuttings (USFWS 1995)

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

This variety is endemic to the leeward (southwestern) side of the island of Kauai. Fewer than 5 populations are currently known, totaling fewer than 600 plants. The major threats to this variety are feral goats and pigs, and alien plants.

David Orr
  • 01/01/2010

Habitat degradation by feral ungulates. Alien plant competition. Feral pigs. Feral goats. Stochastic extinction and/or reduced reproductive vigor due to the small number of existing populations. (USFWS 1995)

David Orr
  • 01/01/2010

2-4 populations totaling 150 to 570 individuals on Kaua`i (USFWS 1995).

David Orr
  • 01/01/2010

Propagation-seeds, cuttings (USFWS 1995)

David Orr
  • 01/01/2010

Established ex situ collection, otherwise none (USFWS 1995)

David Orr
  • 01/01/2010

Feral ungulate control Weed control Fencing Outplanting Monitoring (USFWS 1995)

David Orr
  • 01/01/2010

Propagation Genetic studies Physiological studies Seed banking (USFWS 1995)


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Taxon Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha
Authority (Nutt.) W.L. Wagner & H. Rob.
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 8204
ITIS 528830
Common Names Kauai nehe | nehe
Associated Scientific Names Lipochaeta micrantha | Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha | Melanthera micrantha ssp. micrantha | Melanthera micrantha subsp. micrantha
Distribution Kaua`i-Koaie Canyon (USFWS 1995)
State Rank
State State Rank
Hawaii S1

Diverse mesic forest at an elevation of 300 to 400 meters (USFWS 1995) and (Wagner et al. 1999).

Ecological Relationships

Little is known about the life history of Lipochaeta micrantha var. micrantha. Flowering cycles, pollination vectors, seed dispersal agents, longevity, specific environmental requirements, and limiting factors are unknown (USFWS 1995).

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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