Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at www.USBG.gov/AtHome

Koʻoloaʻula

Plant Botanical Name: 
Abutilon menziesii
Plant Threat Level: 
Endangered

Abutilon menziesii is an endangered Hawaiian endemic shrub that grows in dry forests on the islands of Lana'i, Maui, O'ahu, and Hawai'i. Currently, fewer than 500 plants remain in ten naturally occurring populations. The rarity of this plant can be attributed to the alteration of habitat for agricultural and urban development, overgrazing, and competition from invasive weeds and invasive animals. A conservation plan has been implemented by federal and state agencies to protect remaining habitat, establish new populations, and conserve genetic material in seed banks and botanical gardens.