Bobea sandwicensis

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Bobea
Species: B. sandwicensis
Binomial name
Bobea sandwicensis
(A.Gray) Hillebr.

ʻAhakea or Hawaiʻi dogweed (Bobea sandwicensis) is a species of flowering tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, that is endemic to Hawaiʻi. It inhabits lava plains as well as dry, coastal mesic and mixed mesic forests at elevations of 100–1,220 metres (330–4,000 ft) on the islands of Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, and Maui.[1] It is threatened both by habitat loss and competition from invasive species.


  1. ^ "ahakea, ahakea lau lii (B. brevipes), akupa (B. brevipes), ahakea lau nui (B. elatior)". Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database. Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 

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