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Styphelia tameiameiae


The indigenous maile is known by many other common names including pukiawe and 'a'ali'i mahu. Its leaves are leathery and produce white flowers.


This native plant grows on the rim of the Kīlauea crater (approx. 4000 ft. altitude), where the soil is acidic and the air is filled with sulfur gas. Maile can grow at very high elevations of around 10,000 feet.


This is my 300th spotting. :) It was spotted in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 11 years ago
Perhaps 'Maiele'
Family Epacridaceae, Styphelia tameiameiae Maiele - Styphelia tameiameiae - Overview
sonicjup 11 years ago
leptecophylla tameiameiae

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thank you for the suggestion, sonicjup, but Leptecophylla tameiameiae is a synonym for Styphelia tameiameiae, and Pukiawe is another common name I've referenced in my description. :)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Andrea Lim, I agree with your ID. Thanks so much! I'm glad to learn that this is a native Hawaiian plant, not yet another invasive. :)

Thank you, Jemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

lovely, MAuna.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thank you, Sergio! Yes, the number 300 satisfies my OCD!

Thanks so much, Gilma Jeannette!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thanks, Double D! There are many more to come.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Congratulations, 300 is a nice round number. :-)

Congratulations on your 300th spotting!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

300 woohoo!

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 5, 2013
Submitted on Apr 3, 2013

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