The cucumber that ate Kona is back again!

  • Desmodium, or Beggars Lice, may be found along the roadsides of Kaloko mauka Kona where it can clamber over young Ohia trees to their detriment. It is related to Kudzu vine but easily controlled by pulling up the shallow roots. Don’t wait until they begin to flower and seed in November or you will see why it is named Beggars Lice. (Courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

Way back in 1995, a mysterious vine began to pop up all over the lowlands of West Hawaii. It also showed up on Oahu about the same time. The University of Hawaii Agricultural Extension offices began to get calls that Kudzu Vine was sprouting up all over and covering shrubs and trees.