Kokiʻo keʻokeʻo, Oʻahu white hibiscus, Punaluʻu white hibiscus Malvaceae
Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands Oʻahu (Cultivated) The flowers on this plant are wider than my open hand! This subspecies grows to be the tallest all the native hibiscuses to over 40 feet tall trees. The fragrance on this particular plant is by far the strongest I have yet detected with any native white hibiscus. JUST AWESOME! My absolute favorite native Hawaiian hibiscus. Just a note: The two native white species of Hawaiian hibiscuses (H. arnottianus, H. waimeae
) are the only two known fragrant hibiscus species in the world! Early Hawaiians used these flowers medicinally. The bases of the buds of hau hele (H. arnottianus, H. furcellatus
) were chewed by the mother and given to infants as a laxative. Too, children would chew and swallow seeds for general weakness of the body. NPH00029 nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Hibiscus_arnottianus_p...