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Hawaiian Hopseed Bush

Scientific name: Dodonaea Viscosa

Hawaiian name: Kumakani, A’Alii

Hawaiians used this tough wood for framework of houyses and for spears and weapons.  This plant requires little water and lives in a wide range of altitudes and conditions. The varying colors of it’s seed caples were used for dying kapa. Interstingly the plants are unisex can produce both male and female flowers.

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