‘Ohe mauka


Hawaiian:     ‘Ohe mauka


Latin:            Tetraplasandra oahuensis

FAMILY:      Fabaceae

STATUS:    Endemic, Endangered, Very hard to propagate


Generally this plant grows to 3-12 meters tall.250-1500m in elevation. The wood is very light tan to white in color.

Flower: Bright yellow flowers with a maroon seed pod in the center of the flower petals.  The pod contains nine maroon sickle shaped seeds.

Leaves: 15 to 35cm long and 2.5 to 8cm wide.

Found on all the main Islands except Ni‘ihau and Kaho‘olawe from 240-1,520 meters in  elevation.


This plant has been placed on the endangered species list.  There were two at Manukā State Park in 1960, only one is still alive with lots of work from the State arborist.