Tag Archive | hawaii endemic plants

wiliwili allies, Pteromalidae wasps

 On our recent survey on April 11th, we discovered that some seeds were filled with tiny bugs whom appeared dead when the seeds were cut open.  These were actually cocoons of Pteromalidae wasp, as identified by  Ross Hill contributor to http://www.bugguide.net,  a parasitic wasp that preys on the larvae of Bruchid  beetles that infect the […]

wiliwili tree pests

    Bruchid beetles (Specularis impressithorax) emerged from wiliwili seeds collected in September 2008. These seeds were stored in a glass jar for six months. the beetles lay dormant inside the seed and eat their way out through little hatches. One seed was infested with six beetles. Finding them emerged after a six months hibernation […]

wiliwili tree survey, puu waawaa

I surveyed fifteen wiliwili trees maikai, seaward, side of Highway 190 between mile 23 and 23.5. There are more trees mauka, mountain side of Hwy 190 , but I decided to start out small. Wiliwili  trees are easy to spot even from a distance because of their distinctive orange trunk and branches. They lose their […]

wiliwili trees survey

Wiliwili trees outside of Kamuela, Hawaii near Pu’u Huluhulu. Others are seen along Mamalahola Highway from mile markers 23-25.

wiliwili tree seeds and seedling

I collected more seeds from a group of wiliwili trees just outside of Kamuela ,Hawaii in the shadow of Pu’u Huluhulu. Wiliwili seeds resemble kidney beans. My intent is to propagate these plants by starting them from seeds. Seeds are collected as the drop to the ground. The soil underneath these trees are dry and […]