CPC Plant Profile: Hawaiian Centaury
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Hawaiian Centaury (Centaurium sebaeoides)

Photo Credit: Hank Oppenheimer
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID: 156108
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 03/05/1993

annual herb

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Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Endemic to Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, West Maui, and Lanai. 10 occurrences are currently known, with additional historical ones documented. The actual rarity of the species is difficult to assess since this plant is an inconspicuous annual. Most likely there are many populations yet to be documented. Major threats to the survival of this species are habitat degradation caused by ungulates, competition with alien plants, fires, coastal development, and trampling by humans and ungulates.

  • 01/01/2010

feral goats and cattle competition from an alien plant species trampling by humans on or near trails, and fire

  • 01/01/2010

individuals in 1 current population 2 known populations on Kauai, 2 West Maui populations, 2 Oahu populations, 1 Molokai population totaling < 1,000 individuals

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Taxon Centaurium sebaeoides
Authority (Griseb.) Druce
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 8693
ITIS 30047
Common Names Awiwi
Associated Scientific Names Centaurium sebaeoides
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Hawaii S2

grows in volcanic or clay soils or on cliffs

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