Waikamoi lobelia (50 in x 40 in)
oil on canvas, 2006
50 in x 40 in
mahogany veneer 2 inch frame
Hawaiian lobelioids are prolific, comprising at least 115 species. Lobelia grayana is known only from high-elevation gulches on Haleakalā mountain, East Maui. The curved lilac flower clusters emerge from a single stalk. The leaves have white undersides, referring to the silver belly of its marine namesake `opelu, the Hawaiian Mackerel Scad. The plant family one of the most spectacular examples of island evolution in flowering plants with curved flowers matching the bill of their bird pollinators who drink the nectar within.