Styphelia tameiameiae

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Styphelia tameiameiae
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Styphelia
Species: S. tameiameiae
Binomial name
Styphelia tameiameiae
(Cham. & Schlecht.) F.Muell., 1867

Cyathodes tameiameiae Cham. & Schltdl.[1]
Styphelia douglasii (A.Gray) Skottsb.[2]
Leptecophylla tameiameiae (Cham. & Schltdl.) C.M.Weiller[3]

Styphelia tameiameiae, known as pūkiawe or maiele in the Hawaiian language, is a species of flowering plant in the heather family, Ericaceae, that is native to the Hawaiian and Marquesas Islands.[4] The specific epithet honors King Kamehameha I, who formed the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. It grows as a tree up to 4.6 m (15 ft) tall in forests and as a shrub 0.9–3 m (3.0–9.8 ft) in height elsewhere. Its small needle-like leaves are whitish underneath, dark green above. The round berries range in color from white through shades of pink to red.[2] Pūkiawe is found in a variety of habitats in Hawaii at elevations of 15–3,230 m (49–10,597 ft), including mixed mesic forests, wet forests, bogs, and alpine shrublands.[5]


  1. ^ "Styphelia tameiameiae (Cham. & Schltdl.) F. Muell.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b Little Jr., Elbert L.; Roger G. Skolmen (1989). "Pūkiawe" (PDF). United States Forest Service. 
  3. ^ "Epacridaceae Leptecophylla tameiameiae ( Cham. & Schltdl. ) C.M.Weiller". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Styphelia tameiameiae". Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Pukiawe". Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database. Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 

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