Charpentiera obovata

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Charpentiera obovata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Charpentiera
Species: C. obovata
Binomial name
Charpentiera obovata

Charpentiera obovata, known as Pāpala, is a species of flowering shrub or small tree in the pigweed family, Amaranthaceae, that is endemic to Hawaiʻi. It inhabits dry, coastal mesic, mixed mesic, and wet forests at elevations of 190–1,750 metres (620–5,740 ft) on all main islands.[1] C. obovata reaches a height of 4.6–9.1 metres (15–30 ft) and a trunk diameter of 0.1–0.6 metres (0.33–1.97 ft).[2]


  1. ^ "papala". Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database. Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ Little Jr., Elbert L.; Roger G. Skolmen (1989). "Pāpala" (PDF). United States Forest Service. [permanent dead link]