On Kure, native plants stabilize the soil and provide quality habitat for the wildlife residents. They each do that in their own unique way and have tremendous contributions to a thriving Kure. 

Native Plants

Dwarf Eragrostis (Eragrostis paupera)

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

Kaunaʻoa Pehu (Cassytha filiformis)

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.

Nohu (Tribulus cistoides)

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

ʻAlena (Boerhavia repens)

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

‘Anunu (Sicyos maximowiczii)

‘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

ʻAkulikuli (Sesuvium portulacastrum, Sea Purslane)

ʻĀkulikuli Sesuvium portulacastrum Sea purslane General Information Sesuvium is an introduced native plant, called ʻakulikuli, with fleshy, succulent leaves, red stems, and purple flowers. The succulent leaves of Sesuvium are

Naupaka (Scaevola taccada)

Naupaka Beach Naupaka Scaevola taccada General Information Naupaka is a ubiquitous native shrub along Hawai’i coastlines that in the Northwestern Hawaii Islands will form dense stands in places. In other

ʻEnaʻena (Pseudognaphalium sandwicensium var. sandwicensium)

ʻEnaʻena Pseudognaphalium sandwicensium var. sandwicensium General Information Young P. Sandwicensium plants, called ʻenaʻena, are hairy, oval leaves slightly wider at the tip, with a silvery green appearance. As the leaves

Lepterus repens (Lepturus)

Lepturus repens General Information Lepturus is native sedge to Kure. Lepturus cotyledons are long and relatively broad compared to the first true leaves, with a consistent width over most of

Pohuehue (Ipomoea pes-caprae)

Pōhuehue Ipomoea pes-caprae Beach Morning Glory General Info Ipomoea pes-caprae, called pōhuehue, is a cosmopolitan species found in sandy coastal areas throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. It is a strong vine,

Koali ‘awa (Ipomoea indica)

Koaliʻawa Ipomea indica Ocean Blue Morning Glory General Information Ipomoea indica, called koaliʻawa, is the more common of the two morning-glory species native to Kure Atoll. It is a vigorous, tender

Mauʻu ‘aki ‘aki (Fimbristylis cymosa)

Mau‘u ‘Aki‘aki Fimbristylis stylis Button sedge General Information Fimbristylis is a native sedge that grows in dense clusters of stiff, curved blades. Fimbristylis seedlings are very small and difficult to

Kawelu (Eragrostis variabilis)

Kāwelu Eragrostis variabilis Bunchgrass   General Information Kāwelu is one of the top restoration plants in the Kure nursery and one of the few native kinds of grass being restored