HI state flower Rated 2 out of 5 stars
I haven\'t tried Hawaii yet (still looking; just discovered this). I have to correct the \"red hibiscus is Hawaii\'s state flower\". The state flower is Hibiscus brackenridgei which is an endemic hibiscus to Hawaii. The red hibiscus (which often represents Hawaii)is Hibiscus sinensis-rosa (doing this off the top of my head, could be H. sinensis) and is from China. Not saying that I disagree with using the red hibiscus, just be aware that it is NOT the state flower. I\'d prefer a red `ohia, but most people who don\'t live here aren\'t familiar with it.\r\n\r\nJan McEwen\r\nHawaii horticulturistThis review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5).
reply to kawina
I do not think I have ever stated anything about state flower in my descriptions of the theme.
I remember & see that I state:
The popups, dropdowns, & backgrounds have native endangered plants, animals, & the Hawaiian happy face spider.
The red hibiscus/kokia images I used are extremely rare indigenous endemic Hawaiian Hibiscus species.
The yellow state flower "Hibiscus brackenridgei Gray ssp. mokuleianus"[Ma`o hau hele] is already in the theme & is shown to the left of the Hawaiian coot(Alae ke'oke'o ) & above the Hawaiian crow(Alala).
[5 populations with a total of 100-300 plants]
The three red Hibiscus species depicted in the theme are Hawaiian:
1.) Hibiscus clayi
top row far right(to the left of the baby turtle(honu) image.)
[Kaua`i-Nounou Mountains, 1 population, 4 plants]
2.)2 images below the clayi is the "Kokia kauaiensis"
[I especially love this one & have spent many many hours with them in person. :)]
[6 populations totaling less than 100 individuals ]
3.)Just above the Pueo(indienous Hawaiian owl) is the "Kokia cookei".
[Kokia cookei is considered one of the rarest and most endangered plant species in the world. In 1910, a single living tree was discovered
within the general area of the initial sighting and may in fact, have been one of the
original trees. In 1915, this last remaining wild specimen was found in extremely poor
condition though a few seeds were found and collected. Kokia cookei became extirpated
from the wild in 1918. Seeds from this collection produced only one seedling that survived past 1933. This one remaining seedling was planted at a Kauluwai residence on Moloka‘i, and produced over 130 seedlings though none of these plants have persisted. In the late 1950ʹs, the single plant at Kauluwai, Moloka‘i died and it was presumed
extinct. In 1970, a single plant of the species was discovered at the Moloka‘i residence,
probably a surviving relict of the previous cultivated plant. But in 1978, a fire destroyed
the last remaining rooted plant of Kokia cookei. Fortunately, before it was destroyed, a
branch was removed and later grafted onto a related species at the Waimea Arboretum.
Currently, Kokia cookei exists as approximately 23 grafted plants.]
I hope you now see that the red hibiscus images in the theme are all Ma'oli of Hawaii.(they are not Chinese or from anywhere other than the island paradise known as Haw(v)ai'i.
I am very familiar with & did not use the Metrosideros polymorpha (ohi'a lehua) as it is not endangered & exist in abundance.
(the theme is about rare & endangered Hawaiian ma'oli)
[Metrosideros polymorpha(ohia) is the most common native tree in the Hawaiian Islands]
I hope you enjoy the theme.
I have personally met many of these species in the wild.
I placed the Hawaiian coot(Alae ke'oke'o) in the theme as I once cared for & fed one for more than 2 months, as she recovered from a broken leg it got from a shallow stream landing.
(I cared for her 24/7 & only spoke her language to & around her. I also showed her to flee from cats as well as other humans :) .
*the state representatives told me to leave her to die(when I sough help for her injury), as there are no programs or money for her kind to rehabilitate & care for her kind.[***She did not die, she healed nicely.]