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Nehe (Hawaiian Sunflower)


Common name: Hawaiian Sunflower

Scientific name: Lipochaeta lobata 

Where to Find: Sea level – 6500 feet.  All types of habitats.

Status: Endemic

Nehe is a part of the sunflower family.  It is very shrub-like and acts like a ground cover on most occasions. The beautiful yellow flowers were used in lei making. There are twenty endemic species found in Hawai’i, with many of them being very rare or extinct.  

The distribution of Nehe goes beyond the main Hawaiian islands and up into the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Some species are found throughout the entire archipelago while some are only found in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  There are even a few species that thrive in specific habitats or locations. 

Did You Know?
In lei making, yellow and red colors were used to indicate divine and chiefly ranks.