Naupaka (Scaevola taccada)

Scaevola is the ubiquitous native shrub of Kure, with large rubbery bright green leaves and white berries. It forms dense stands in places, other places less dense or pocketed with small clearings. It plays an important role in dune formation and provides habitat for both burrow-nesting and tree-nesting birds.

Scaevola cotyledons are ovate, fleshy, and have a prominent tooth, usually light green or yellow, at the apex. The cotyledons lack veins, which do not become obvious until the plants reach a moderate size. A photo of the mature leaves is presented below.

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