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Schiedea sarmentosa

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Caryophyllaceae
Rank  Species
Order  Caryophyllales
Genus  Schiedea
Similar  Schiedea haleakalensis, Schiedea verticillata, Schiedea kaalae, Schiedea adamantis, Alsinidendron

Schiedea sarmentosa is a rare species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name cliff schiedea. It is endemic to Hawaii, where it is known only from the island of Molokai. It is threatened by the degradation and destruction of its habitat. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States.

This plant is a subshrub with many branches reaching 30 to 45 centimeters tall. It has very narrow, threadlike leaves up to 4.5 centimeters long oppositely arranged on the branches. The plant produces many inflorescences of flowers with green sepals and no petals. It grows in dry and moist forest habitat, sometimes on cliff faces. Other plants in the habitat include Schiedea lydgatei (Lydgate's schiedea), Styphelia tameiameiae (pukiawe), Chenopodium oahuensis (’aheahea), Alyxia oliviformis (maile), Pleomele sp. (hala pepe), and Chamaesyce sp. (’akoko).

There are two populations of this plant for a total of not more than 1000 individuals.


Schiedea sarmentosa Wikipedia