- Hillebrandia serves as the common name for the Hillebrandia sandwicensis, represents a rather beautiful flowering plant with an extremely restricted habitat range.
- The unique species already appears to have disappeared from one of the islands that comprise its habitat range, and unfortunately, also appears to be vanishing rapidly elsewhere as well.
- Rather surprisingly, given its extremely restricted range, the IUCN does not yet place it on the Red List of Endangered Species.
- Given its situation, the lovely species also remains highly vulnerable to the effect of both climate change and further loss of habitat.
Hillebrandia Physical Description
The beautiful Hillebrandia represents a great beauty of Nature. The gorgeous plant typically attains a height of about 4 ft (1.2 m), though some grow taller.
It produces rather numerous stems, each of which produces copious quantities of blooms. These generally display bright white and pink in color.
The plants grow from large tubers which die back after the fruit grows in early summer. Further, the seeds are extremely small.
The plants typically begin to regrow in early January. Blooms are long-lasting and may be around from February all the way to June.
Species: H. sandwicensis
Hillebrandia Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The stunning Hillebrandia, a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, remains endemic to three of the Hawaiian Islands. Indeed, this remains the only place on Earth that it exists.
Currently, the delicate beauty only appears on three islands. These include Kauai, Maui, and Molokai. It once existed on the island of Oahu, as well, but has since gone extinct in that location.
The fabulous Hillebrandia likes very specific environments. The only locations it appears, known to researchers, consist of extremely humid, deep ravines covered in deep lush forest. Also, these areas all appear at altitudes between 2,953-5,906 ft (900-1,800 m).
Even on the islands it currently inhabits it now grows only in widely scattered pockets. Experts remain uncertain whether it ever existed beyond this island chain or not.