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False Ohelo

Scientific name: Wikstroemia uva-ursi

Hawaiian name: Akia, Kauhi

There are 12 native varieties of this plant that originated from a single colonist. These 12 varieties formed distinct niches, occupying, rocky coasts, lava fields, dry forests, and wet forests. The most common type used for landscaping is Wikstroemia uva-ursi. This plant was used by the Hawaiians for cordage and certain types have a poison that stun fish, but leaves fish safe for consumption.

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