Hawaiian Name

Common Name

Scientific Name
Nototrichium sandwicense



Whole Plant


Location On Campus

 Kulu‘ï is found n the Ewa end of Kalama Garden.

Natural Habitat

Kulu'‘ï is found on all of the Hawaiian Islands. It can be seen on most lava fields. Kulu'ï lives in places where there is maximum sunshine and well-drained soil.

Cultural Information

This is an endemic shrub that can grow up to 450 cm in height. It is related to the plant family Charpentiera. It has 20 varieties. Both the Charpentiera sp. and the Kulu‘ï are the only woody amaranths in the world.

Plant Description


  • Woody stem
  • Covered with gray hairs that look like and old man's hair


  • Petiolate leaves
  • Pinnate venation
  • Secondary leaves branch out in many different angles
  • Entire margin


  •  The flowers of the Kulu‘ï have bracteoles ( little spikes ) on them


  • About 0.15 cm in diameter
  • Reddish color to it


  •  Black colored lady bug


  •  Seeds
  • Cuttings

Web Site Links

 Pacific Islands

This site gives more information and pictures.

Hawaiian Native Plant Genera

This site shows links and new sites for other plants like Kulu‘ï.


Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database. " Nototrichium sandwicense" 2 Sept. 2001. University of Hawaii at Manoa. 13 Mar. 2003. < >

 Kului. Enviornmental Quality Control, Hawaii State Department of Health. 12 Mar. 2003. <http://www/ >

Sohmer, S.H., and Gustafson R. Plants and Flowers of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1993.

Wagner, Warren L., and Hervst Darral R., and Sohmer, S.H. Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii Revised Edition. Vol.1. Honolulu: Bishop Museum,1999.

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