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La'i

Cordyline fruticosa

Description:

Skinny trees growing precariously at the edge of a rainforest cliff. The leaves appear especially glossy after the heavy downpour, each with a prominent central vein. The bark is a light color. La'i trees (Hawaiian language) are also known as cabbage palms, good luck plants and palm lilies. They produce inedible red berries but the rhizomes are edible and very sweet.

Habitat:

Seen in the tropical rainforest of Akaka Falls State Park.

Notes:

It was introduced to Hawaii. However, it's native to southeastern Asia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, northeastern Australia, the Indian Ocean, and parts of Polynesia.

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23 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 months ago

Thank you, ainsley.stinson! Hawai’i is paradise.

ainsley.stinson
ainsley.stinson 11 months ago

Great spotting! Love the waterfall in the background!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thank you, Pradeep and Chief! :)

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 8 years ago

Wonderful spotting!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thanks, CostaBoyJack.

CostaBoyJack
CostaBoyJack 8 years ago

LOOKS LIKE A SCREEN SAVOR

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thank you, Sachin! It is a wonderful place, and I plan to re-visit hopefully soon. I recommend everyone to see Hawaii at some point. :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Fabulous pictures, must be an amazing place,

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thank you, Craig! I guess I was mislead by the common name cabbage palm. Thanks for that tidbit of info.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 8 years ago

Wow! What a place! Lovely Cordylines too. Not Palms though, these are actually in the Asparagus family!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Beautiful!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

NapuaHayward, Ti is another name for this plant. :)

NapuaHayward
NapuaHayward 8 years ago

Ti

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

I'll take that as a compliment; thank you, Dan!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Atmospheric shots!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thank you, Leuba! I believe you're right. I'll update the spotting.

Thanks very much, Gilma Jeannette!

The palm tree are nice but the waterfall is magnificent!! thanks for sharing.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

....beautiful shots btw.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

I think these might be Cordyline fruticosa, Mauna. Check this weblink

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~lreynold/WebTF/I...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordyline_f...

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thank you very much, Antonio and Julio!

Beautiful capture Mauna Kunzah,great place ,congrats and thanks for sharing

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thank you, Luis! The waterfall was quite beautiful, indeed.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Nice background!

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Pepeekeo, Hawaii, United States

Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Jan 30, 2013

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