Canavalia hawaiiensis

COMMON NAME

​ʻĀwikiwiki, Hawaiian jackbean

TYPE

​Vine

FAMILY

Fabaceae

NOTES

It is easily identified by its three large leaflets with pointed tips. It also has a beautiful purplish-pink flower that is marked with a white spot at the base of the corolla.Awikiwiki translates to "the very quick one" and comes from the Hawaiian word for "fast" that has also been appropriated into the name "Wikipedia". ​Can fix nitrogen within the soil providing much-needed nutrients for the plants that surround it.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Endemic to Lānaʻi, Maui, and on Hawaiʻi Island at South Point, Hualālai, Mauna Loa, and the Kaʻū Desert

NATIVE HABITAT

Occurs in dry to mesic forest from about 395 to around 4000 feet

WEB SOURCES

nativeplants.hawaii.edu

waikoloadryforest.org

hawaiiannativeplants.com



Canavalia hawaiiensis