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Beach Naupaka

Scientific name: Scaevola sericea

Hawaiian name: Naupaka kahakai

Commonly known as the Beach Naupaka, this hardy plant can survive in harsh dry sunny conditions. The Naupaka’s white seeds can float for months in salt water. One study even suggested that the Beach Naupaka germinates best after 250 days in salt water.  The Hawaiian legend about this unique 1/2 flower shape can be seen here. Modern day Snorkelers often crack the leaves open  and rub the juice on their googles to prevent fogging

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