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32. `Ohi`a lehua

Scientific name: Metrosideros polymorpha

Classification: Kingdom: Plantae. Class: Dicotyledonae. Family: Myrtaceae

Origin: Native

Status: Common

Distribution: All the main islands

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This tree occurs throughout the islands and in “many forms” (= the species name polymorpha): from tall trees to dwarf plants in the Alaka‘i swamp on Kaua‘i that are only 6 inches tall! The flowers come in various colors, from red to yellow. The flowers, seed pods, and leaves are common in leis..

   Photo by Clyde Imada