Scaevola coriacea

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Dwarf naupaka
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Goodeniaceae
Genus: Scaevola
Species: S. coriacea
Binomial name
Scaevola coriacea
Nutt., 1842[1]

Scaevola coriacea, the dwarf naupaka,[2] is a species of flowering plant in the Goodenia family, Goodeniaceae, that is endemic to Hawaii.

Description[edit]

Dwarf naupaka is a low, flat-lying perennial herb. Its older stems are somewhat woody, and the succulent leaves are oval-shaped, relatively far apart, and smooth or somewhat scaly with rounded tips. Flowers occur in branched inflorescences from the point of leaf attachment in groups of one to three.[3]

Conservation[edit]

Today, dwarf naupaka exists only on Maui and two offshore islets. Historically, it could be found on six islands. The total population is less than 300 plants, making dwarf naupaka an endangered species.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scaevola coriacea Nutt.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  2. ^ "Scaevola coriacea". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Scaevola coriacea ". CPC National Collection Plant Profiles. Center for Plant Conservation. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2009-11-21.