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kīpūkai / kī.pū.kai / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., Seaside heliotrope (Heliotropium curassavicum 🌐), a prostrate, perennial American herb 30 to 60 cm long, with narrow, hoary leaves, white or pale purple flowers, considered indigenous to Hawaiʻi. Formerly the plants were dried and brewed for tea used as a tonic.

  • References:
    • Neal 718.

Tags: flora medicine Niʻihau

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