Dwarf Eragrostis Eragrostis paupera General Information Eragrostis paupera, a native grass, is truly a dwarf. It can produce seed as little more than a sprout. Large plants are seldom more than a few inches tall or wide. Young sprouts of E. paupera are characterized by opposite curled leaves, with early
Kaunaʻoa Pehu Cassytha filiformis General Information C. filiformis is a native parasitic vine, called Kaunaʻoa Pehu, that was first observed on the northern tip of Kure’s Green Island in 2001. The north point of Green Island is a low area where storms can push debris and seeds inland. C. filiformis
Nohu Tribulus cistoidies Puncture Vine General Information Tribulus cistoidies is a native plant to Kure, called nohu, and is abundant in open areas. Its leaf pattern and yellow flowers are unmistakable. The cotyledons (sprouting leafs) are large and blunt-ended, giving them an almost rectangular shape with an obvious central nerve.
ʻAlena Boerhavia repens General Information Boerhavia repens is a native plant called ʻalena. It is a creeping vine easy to distinguish from other plants on Kure. One of the few instances ʻalena is mistaken for another plant is when it is confused with Flaveria trinervia. The branching nerve pattern on Boerhavia readily
‘Anunu Sicyos maximowiczii General Information ʻAnunu is an annual vine in the Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae) which includes cucumbers, watermelons, and pumpkins. The leaves are large, roughly elliptic, and the stem is stout. No other plant on Kure produces cotyledons at nearly this size. The first true leaf is sometimes almost