Cuscuta sandwichiana

COMMON NAME

Kauna'oa, Dodder

TYPE

Vine

FAMILY

Cuscutaceae

NOTES

​A parasitic twining vine. The thin, leafless stems are yellow to yellow-orange. The 1/16 inch yellowish flowers grow in small clusters along the stems.  Used in lei haku frequently worn by hula dancers.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Endemic plants on all of the main Hawaiian islands except Kaua'i and Kaho'olawe

NATIVE HABITAT

​Grows in coastal areas with sandy soils at elevations ranging from sea level to 975 feet

WEB SOURCES

ctahr.hawaii.edu

wikipedia.org

bishopmuseum.org



Cuscuta sandwichiana