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'Ilima

Plant Botanical Name: 
Sida fallax
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory
Conservatory Room Location: 
Hawaii

One of the few non-food plants traditionally cultivated by Hawaiians, 'ilima was highly esteemed in the Hawaiian culture. The yellow blossoms were used to make leis to bring good luck during travels. In traditional medicine the flowers were used with other plants to assist women during pregnancy.