Rahul Sharma

Schiedea stellarioides

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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 stellarioides is a rare species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name lau lihilihi. It is endemic to Hawaii, where it is known only from the island of Kauai. It is threatened by the degradation and destruction of its habitat. The plant is federally listed as an endangered species of the United States.

This plant is a sprawling or somewhat erect subshrub growing to a maximum height around 60 centimeters. It grows in moist forest habitat.

This species was once thought to be extinct; it was rediscovered in the 1990s. There are small populations remaining for a total of perhaps a few hundred individuals.

References

Schiedea stellarioides Wikipedia


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