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Updated 2/28/2015

Family Fabaceae

HAWAII - ENDEMIC

Acacia koa   

Koko Crater BG, O'ahu

 

Wa'ahila ridge, O'ahu

Kaloko Road, Hawai'i



Palikea, O'ahu

KOA

Common tree of dry & mesic forests.  Attains height of 100 feet but usually much less.  True pinnately-compound leaflets are seen on young trees.  The dominant sickle-shaped 'leaves' called phyllodes are derived from leaf stems (petioles).  Koa's durable, attractive wood is versatile and highly-prized.  The rare Koai'a Acacia koaia is a small tree with shorter, straighter phyllodes.  Endemic to Hawaii.