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Kokia cookei

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This species is only known to have existed in the lowlands of western Molokaʻi island of the Hawaiian Islands. Presumably, its native habitat was lowland dry forests on the leeward western end of the island. This was all but cut down by Polynesian settlers about the year 1000 CE to make room for agriculture. It seems to have been noted by these settlers, as suggested by the native name hau heleʻula (“entirely red hau“). The three trees initially found grew near Mahana, northeast of Puu Nana. at approximately 200 metres (660 ft) elevation.

Although the original forest ecosystem was destroyed and replaced by shrubland with plants like native ʻilieʻe (Plumbago zeylanica) and introduced flora, Molokaʻi kokiʻo survived initially. It seems to have had some tolerance to habitat change, enabling it to hang on until the 19th century.

Detailed information
Full Name: Cooke's koki`o (Kokia cookei)
Where found: Wherever found
Critical Habitat:N/A
Species Group:Flowering Plants
Current listing status
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
Endangered 11/29/1979 Pacific Region (Region 1) Wherever found
  • States/US Territories in which the Cooke's koki`o, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: Hawaii
  • US Counties in which the Cooke's koki`o, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
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