Pleomele aurea

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Pleomele aurea
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Genus: Pleomele
Species: P. aurea
Binomial name
Pleomele aurea
(H.Mann) N.E.Br., 1867

Pleomele aurea, the golden hala pepe, is a species of flowering plant that is endemic to the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaii. It inhabits coastal mesic and mixed mesic forests at elevations of 120–1,070 m (390–3,510 ft).[1] It is a small evergreen tree, usually 4.6–7.6 m (15–25 ft) tall, but sometimes reaches 12 m (39 ft). The gray, straight trunk does not have bark and is 0.3–0.9 m (0.98–2.95 ft) in diameter. The sword-shaped leaves are 20–51 cm (7.9–20.1 in) long and 1–3 cm (0.39–1.18 in) wide.[2]

It was first described by Horace Mann Jr. as Dracaena aurea in 1867. In 1914 N. E. Brown renamed the species Pleomele aurea.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "hala pepe, ieie, kuhaʻo, ku la". Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database. Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ Little Jr., Elbert L.; Roger G. Skolmen (1989). "Halapepe, golden dracaena" (PDF). United States Forest Service. 
  3. ^ International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI). "Plant Name Search Results" (HTML). International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  4. ^ International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI). "Plant Name Search Results" (HTML). International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 

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