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Metrosideros macropus

ʻŌhiʻa, ʻŌhiʻa lehua, Lehua

Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Oʻahu only)

ʻAiea Ridge Trail, Oʻahu

 

Early Hawaiians used the hard wood was used for kapa beaters, musical instruments, gunwales and interior framework for canoes.

 

The flowers were used in lei making.

 

Etymology

The generic name Metrosideros is derived from the Greek metra, heartwood, and sideron, iron, referring to the very hard wood of these plants.

 

The specific epithet macropus literally means big foot, in reference to the large leaves and long petioles.

 

NPH00008

nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Metrosideros_macropus

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Taken on December 12, 2005