seed pod of Ohia lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha)

brettayNovember 19, 2008

I have a few seeds from what I thought was Ohia lehua, at least that is what a few Hawaiians told me it was (small tree, hard wood, classic red flowers). The seeds came in a relatively large seed pod, very much like that of a mimosa tree or a Flame tree (Delonix regia), however the internet description of the seeds sound totally different. Any thoughts? Is this truly from Ohia lehua or something else?

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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

The seed pod is about 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter with about 100 or more seeds. Each seed is about 1/16 in long and about as thick as a fine needle. You can see seed pods and seeds by going to google.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2008 at 10:15AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

'ohi'a lehua does not produce a typical legume family "bean pod" like an Albizia or Delonix. You are looking for Metrosideros. It bears heads of small capsules that release tiny seeds that blow on the wind. The same little base that bears the colorful parts of each flower at bloom time becomes the fruit.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2008 at 4:03PM
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randg(11)

I love 'ohi'a lehua flower!

I should have taken picture of what the pods look like, if there were any.

Do you have a picture of the pod, Brettay? I know I can't identify it, but I'm sure someone here will if they see the picture.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2008 at 1:36AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

That's something else, with the flowerhead on a leafless stalk in the manner of a Calliandra.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2008 at 3:30PM
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brettay

I don't have a picture, but I am going to Hawaii in about a month and will take one. The weird thing is that the tree looks like ohia lehua and a bunch of Hawaiian guys told me it is ohia lehua, but the seed pods don't sound like anything anyone is describing.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 1:05AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Many species of unrelated plants produce flowerheads that are made noticeable by a tuft of brightly colored stamens. You look at the rest of the plant body to figure out what kind a particular specimen is.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 12:41PM
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brettay

Actually I was able to find a picture of the tree and flower, but unfortunately the seed pods are not in the picture. Here it is...

Here is a link that might be useful: Picture

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 8:12PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Compare with Calliandra.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 8:31PM
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garden_isle_dave(9b)

Hey,

A friend of mine has a large tree growing in the yard. I don't believe it's an Ohia Lehua, but it has similar "red puffs", in the same family maybe. I'll take some profile photos later today or tomorrow and post them, just out of interest. It's pouring rain, or I'd just take them and post now.
It has some keiki underneath I'm getting ready to relocate and I'd like to have a proper I.D. on it if anyone recognizes it! I'm hardly any good with trees...

Aloha for now,
~Dave

Pictures posted soon,

~Dave
Kauai

    Bookmark   December 2, 2008 at 9:59PM
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ohiagarden

Definately not Ohia. There is also a plant here in hawaii called the 'bottlebrush'. Always initially fools me. Ohia seeds are very tiny.. if any one is looking for some, I can collect them, I have several trees.. mostly yellow. The trees, when grown from seeds start out quite slowly. If interested email me at ohiagarden@gmail.com and we can see what we can work out.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 10:43AM
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nicolai

Here, I took this one on the Big Island. You can see the flower and seed pods.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 2:10PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

For pictures of Calliandra...

Here is a link that might be useful: Google Image Search Results

    Bookmark   December 17, 2008 at 1:26AM
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