New Native Hawaiian flower discovered

  • The DLNR is seeking Capital Improvement Project funding to build a protective fence to keep out deer, goats, and pigs across thousands of acres across West Maui, including the last known Cyanea heluensis. This project is part of the Statewide Watershed Initiative, which seeks to protect 30% of Hawaii’s native watershed forests by 2030. (Matt McDonald/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The DLNR is seeking Capital Improvement Project funding to build a protective fence to keep out deer, goats, and pigs across thousands of acres across West Maui, including the last known Cyanea heluensis. This project is part of the Statewide Watershed Initiative, which seeks to protect 30% of Hawaii’s native watershed forests by 2030. (Matt McDonald/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Using a species horticultural paste developed by Lyon Arboretum, PEPP staff were able to collect a cutting from the only known individual of Cyanea heluensis. The plant is now secured at the Olinda Rare Plant Facility on Maui.

  • PEPP Botanist Steve Perlman examines the only known plant of Cyanea heluensis. (PEPP Hank Oppenheimer/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • PEPP botanist Matt Padget uses ropes to survey steep terrain for more Cyanea heluensis. To date, only a single individual plant has been found. (PEPP Hank Oppenheimer/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • PEPP botanist Matt Padget uses ropes to survey steep terrain for more Cyanea heluensis. To date, only a single individual plant has been found. (PEPP Hank Oppenheimer/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • PEPP staff rely on experienced pilots from Windward Aviation for transport to remote locations like Helu on the island of Maui. (PEPP Hank Oppenheimer/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Cyanea heluensis, a newly described native plant. The only known individual was discovered in wet ohia forest on Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui). (Plant Extinction Prevention Program (PEPP)/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii’s rich collection of unique, native plant species has added a new member to its ranks: a new species has been described for the first time.