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Phyllostegia grandiflora

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KpanaLamiaceae (Mint family)Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands (Koolau Mountains and the slopes of Kaala in the Waianae Mountains, Oahu)Kaala, OahuPhyllostegia is a near endemic Hawaiian genus in the mint family, Lamiaceae. There is one species in Tahiti, (Phyllostegia tahitensis), one in Tonga (P. tongaensis), and 32 species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.Phyllostegia are among the over 60 species of Hawaiian scentless mints, found nowhere else on the planet! EtymologyThe generic name Phyllostegia is from the Greek phyllon, leaf, and stego, cover, probably in reference to the leaf-like calyx lbes enclosing the flower in the type species P. vestita.The Latin specific epithet grandiflora means "large flowers." nativeplants.hawaii.edu/

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