Never a dull moment for plant enthusiasts on the island of Kauai....
Latin Name: Metrosideros polymorpha
Family: Myrtle (Myrtaceae)
Location: Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast
Native to: Hawaii
Fun Facts: A favorite plant of the volcano (and fire) goddess Pele, and as such it is one of the first plants to establish itself on volcanic rocks. There are five types of ohia lehua in Hawaii that can be distinguished by whether their leaves have petioles or form rosettes (this one has very small or no petioles and forms rosettes) and also some have rounded leaves. The leaf arrangementcan more accurately be called distichous, a sequentially perpendicular arrangement of opposite pairs. The tightness of the arrangement…