‘Ekoko (Chamaesyce celastroides var. hanapepensis)

AttributeValue
Accepted symbolCHCEH
KingdomPlantae
SubkingdomTracheobionta
Super DivisionSpermatophyta
DivisionMagnoliophyta
ClassMagnoliopsida
OrderEuphorbiales
FamilyEuphorbiaceae
GenusChamaesyce
SpeciesChamaesyce celastroides var. hanapepensis
Common Name'Ekoko
DurationPerennial
HabitatTree, Shrub

Nativity status map

Other resources

-Akoko belong to the Spurge or Euphorbia family (Euphorbiaceae). The genus has recently been chnged from Chamaesyce to Euphorbia.There are seventeen native species of -akoko (Euphorbia spp.)–all of which are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. A number of -akoko are either vulnerable, rare or endangered, with two considered extinct. Several have beautiful foliage and range in size from very prostrate sub-shrubs such as Euphorbia degeneri to Euphorbia olowaluana, which are nearly 30-foot trees–perhaps the tallest in the entire genus of 250 species worldwide!Another native member in Euphorbiaceae is po-ol- (Claoxylon sandwicense). Some well known non-native relatives are the Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis), kukui (Aleurites moluccana), poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), cassava (Manihot esculenta), and the Par- rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) from which latex comes.