The Bounty of The Farm
Family Name: Fabaceae
Scientific Name: Mimosa pudica var. unijuga
Hawaiian Name: Pua hilahila
Family Name: Araceae
Scientific Name: Monstera deliciosa
Hawaiian Name: Monstera
Family Name: Malvaceae
Scientific Name: Bombax ceiba
Hawaiian Name: Kapok
Bombax tree is identified by its large fuschia-pink inflorescence that gives the tree the common name of red silk cotton tree. The flowers bloom between March and April. In April and May the fruit can be found littering the base of the tree which the winds picks up to spread the silky cotton around the island. The tree attracts only two pollinators which are birds (for daytime pollination) and bats (which are nighttime pollinators). Our bombax tree is located on our citrus trail where we grow lemons, oranges, grapefruits and tangerines. The bright pink color of the flowers provides a nice variety of color in our landscape as it is easily viewed and enjoyed by on-lookers from the pool area.
Mist Flowers (aka stickers from field)
Family Name: Asteraceae
Scientific Name: Ageratina riparia
Hawaiian Name:Pamekani, Pamakani haole
Recent alien introduction (after 1778)
The mist flower is a weedy herbaceous plant that grows in our coffee fields. It can get up to 4 feet tall which makes picking coffee a bit difficult. Everyone on the farm just calls these guys 'stickers' due to the seeds of the plant that stick to everybody's clothes. Because this plant is in the Aster family, every flower head has multiple true flowers on it. These are called disk and ray flowers. The ray flowers are the ones with petals and the disk flowers are in the middle of the flower. Disk flowers in a sunflower get used as sunflower seeds. Once the flower is done blooming the ray flowers fall off and leave the disk flowers to get stuck on anyone in the field crew.
Family Name: Heliconiaceae
Scientific Name: Heliconia wagneriana
Hawaiian Name: Hanging lobster claw
Introduced landscape plant
Heliconia's colorful flowers look like lobster claws and are a beautiful, colorful addition to any landscape. They look very similar to a bird of paradise flower, which we also have on the property. Heliconias bloom from January to September and are native to Belize and Colombia. Our Heliconia is located by our lower parking lot across from our employee office. It's such a joy to watch the inflorescence open up a little more every day. The red and yellow part of the 'flower' is actually a highly modified leaf, similar to sepals or bracts, that home and protect the true flowers.