Kauai July 2009 – The flora and fauna of the island, part 1

TravelWise says “National Geographic has dubbed the Hawaiian Islands one of the most biologically remarkable places in the world. Due to its isolation, it surpasses even the Galapagos Islands for the number and variety of species that evolved from a common ancestor. There are several places on Kauai that are ideal for viewing its biological bounty.”

“Pua Aloalo
Hibiscus brackenridgei

The hibiscus, all colors and varieties, was the official Territorial Flower, adopted in the early 1920s. At statehood in 1959, the first state legislature adopted many of Hawaii’s symbols as part of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS, state laws). It wasn’t until 1988, however, that the yellow hibiscus which is native to the islands was selected to represent Hawaii.”

There is beauty everywhere you look on Kauai. Beautiful trees, flowers and bushes, ocean and mountain views. But not all of the plants you see are indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. This website lists plants and identifies which are Endemic, Indigenous, Polynesian Introduction, Alien,or Naturalized. A great website I am sure if I only knew what the heck the name of most of the flowers and plants I took photos of were.

Here are some of the flowers and plants I took photos of on the Lawai Beach Resort condo grounds. Let me go on record here and say it is really hard to take good photos of flowers that are blowing in the wind with bright sun shining on them. I just love all of the colors.

 

 

 

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was told once by a man who worked at the botanical gardens on Kauai that there are over 1,200 varieties of palm trees

I was told once by a man who worked at the botanical gardens on Kauai that there are over 1,200 varieties of palm trees

 

 

 

 

Tara called this the feather flower but I think it looks more like a tropical fish

Tara called this the feather flower but I think it looks more like a tropical fish

 

 

 

One big leaf!

One big leaf!

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Great photos, Jackie!

    • Ann, When you have such a great topic it is easy to snap photos. But seriously though I did have some issues with the bright sun and the wind.

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