Plants Native to Hawaii: ‘Ili’ahi

25 09 2009
photo by Forest and Kim Starr

photo by Forest and Kim Starr

Freycinet sandalwood, known as ‘Ili’ahi in Hawaiian, is a native Hawaiian flowering tree in the European mistletoe family. Leaves on these small trees are leathery and grayish. The green-orange flowers are fragrant. It is found in dry forests and shrublands on all the Hawaiian Islands but was exported to China in vast quantities due to its attractive smell.


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