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Scientific name: Marsilea villosa
Hawaiian Name: ‘Ihi‘ihi
Classification: Phylum: Pteridophyta. Family: Marsileaceae.
Distribution: Ni‘ihau, O‘ahu, and Moloka‘i.
This four-leaf clover look-alike actually is a fern and needs periodic flooding, when spores are produced, to complete its life cycle.
Only a handful of plants remain on Ni‘ihau, O‘ahu, and Moloka‘i, primarily because of habitat loss due to development, off-road vehicle damage, trampling by humans and cattle, competition with weedy species, and fire.
|Photo by Clyde Imada|