Hawaiian Hibiscus

Feb 3, 2016

In 1988, the yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei), which is native to the islands, was selected as the Hawaiʻi State Flower.
Credit J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The designation of state flower would lead one to believe that the Hawaiian Hibiscus is prolific amongst the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, the populations of these plants are staggeringly small. The primary reason: habitat degradation.

Christopher Phillips explains...