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Ko'oloa `ula (5 in x 5 in)

$400.00 / Sold Out

oil on linen, 2017
5.5 in x 5.5 in
antique gold brushed floater frame (7 in wide with frame)
shown as a dyptich with "Puakala"

“Resembling miniature hibiscus blossoms with flaring petals, flowers come in rich shades of maroon, deep red, or occasionally pale pink. Bell shaped and lustrous, the flowers contrast with the velvety, grayish green foliage of this attractive shrub. Of the seven species from the Hawaiian Islands, three are endemic and rare enough to be federally listed as endangered. Widely regarded as the most beautiful of these, Abutilon menziesii was known to the Hawaiians as ko`oloa `ula, which means “red ko`oloa.” It was declared endangered in 1986 and today is known only from scattered plants in remnants of dry forest and shrublands. Easily grown from seed and cuttings, this handsome plant thrives and blooms regularly under cultivation, tolerating dry, sunny conditions quite well.” -- David Lorence