Hawaiian White Hibiscus Facts
- The truly stunning Hawaiian White Hibiscus represents yet another rare plant species native to a small geographic range. It exists on only two islands.
- Even in these locations, it exists only within a rather specific habitat type. sadly, this renders it highly vulnerable to threats to its existence.
- These primarily include, but not limited to habitat loss and climate change. The habitat loss comes largely in the form of man’s use of its habitat for the construction of homes.
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Hawaiian White Hibiscus Physical Description
This beautiful Hawaiian White Hibiscus grows as either a small tree or shrub. In height, it averages between 15-20 ft (4.6-6.1 m).
Exceptional plants also sometimes reach even 30 ft (9.2 m). The crowns of these trees often grow as large as 20 ft (6.1 m) in diameter.
Its appearance varies greatly between individual specimens and may be either compact or open in structure.
The leaves typically develop smooth and possess slightly toothed edges that average roughly 5 in (12.7 cm) in length. The flowers appear white, grow singly, and maybe as much as 4 in (10 cm) wide when open.
Hawaiian White Hibiscus Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
As its very name suggests, the Hawaiian White Hibiscus evolved s native to Hawaii. However, it only appears on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Moloka’i.
It requires a highly specific habitat to thrive. In its native habitat, this consists of the very wet forest regions in the mountain areas of these two islands.
Three distinct subspecies of this beautiful flower also exist. One grows only in the mountains of Oahu, at elevations ranging between 390-2,500 ft (119-762 m).
Another prefers only altitudes between 650-2,200 ft (198-670 m). The third subspecies also remains extremely rare and grows only in a few valleys on the island of Moloka’i.