7 responses to “Scaevola taccada”

  1. David

    Great shots of this species Daniel! The quintessential plant for the seashore and dry inland habitat throughout its range. There are 10 native Scaevola species in the Hawaiian Islands. S. taccada is the only white-fruited and indigenous; the 9 other species have purple fruits and are endemic. The Hawaiian name is Naupaka kahakai, which means “naupaka (Scaevola) by the seashore.”
    Here pictured among other natives on the island of Kauaʻi https://www.flickr.com/photos/dweickhoff/5490589943/in/photolist

    More information about naupaka kahakai and how the early Hawaiians utilized it can be found at http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Scaevola_sericea

  2. Mary Beth Borchardt

    Beautiful, and look upon which it grows!

  3. Madra

    There’s also a Hawaiian story of young estranged lovers that ‘explains’ why the coastal naupaka and the higher elecation naupakas flower the way they do. The lovers, once together long ago, were seperated to opposite parts of the island. One lives on the coast and the other in the mountains, thus the coastal naupaka has the bottom half of the flower and the mountainous one had the top part of the flower. I’m sure you can look up the full version of the story easily online, along with other stories and traditions associated with Hawaiian native plants. The coastal naupaka is also used to keep one’s scuba mask from fogging up!

  4. Richard Droker

    Great set of photos.

    Amazing to me that the seeds are “viable even after prolonged [enough to cross oceans] exposure to sea water, but will only germinate in fresh water”.

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