Native Hawaiian Plants

The native plants of Hawaii hold a special place for me.  These plants were here before humans arrived.  They endured arduous journeys and only a few survived the voyage.  It is estimated that a new plant succeeded only once in 100,000 years.

About 39% of plant species in the Hawaiian Islands came in the stomachs of birds; about 13% arrived in mud on birds’ feet; about 23% arrived after being stuck to the feathers of birds; about 9% arrived on rafts of seaweed or debris on the ocean; and about 1.4% came by floating through the air to the Hawaiian Islands.[1]

[1] Bohm, Dr. Bruce A., Hawaii’s Native Plants, Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, HI