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Wiliwili flower
Plant Botanical Name: 
Erythrina sandwicensis
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory Room Location: 
Rare and Endangered Species
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Erythrina sandwicensis is known in Hawai'ian as Wiliwili, meaning twisted and referring to the seedpods, which twist open to reveal the bright red seeds. Erythrina sandwicensis naturally grows to about 45 feet tall and the same width. It is one of the few native deciduous Hawai'ian trees and loses it's leaves during the summer to conserve water. Typically, the Wiliwili blooms after the leaves although flowering can vary from the summer through November.