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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Subfamily: Hydrangeoideae
Tribe: Hydrangeae
Genus: Broussaisia
Species: B. arguta
Binomial name
Broussaisia arguta

Kanawao (Broussaisia arguta) is a species of perennial flowering plant in the Hydrangea family, Hydrangeaceae, that is endemic to Hawaiʻi. It belongs to a monotypic genus.[2]

Kanawao is a widespread species occurring in mesic and wet forests on all of the main Hawaiian Islands. It is a dioecious, evergreen plant that either grows as a 1.5–3-metre (4.9–9.8 ft) shrub or a 6-metre (20 ft) tree. The obovate leaves are 10–25 centimetres (3.9–9.8 in) long and 4–9 centimetres (1.6–3.5 in) wide with finely serrated margins.[2]


  1. ^ "Broussaisia arguta Gaudich". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b Little Jr., Elbert L.; Roger G. Skolmen (1989). "Kanawao" (PDF). United States Forest Service.