Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hawaiian Catchfly; Silene hawaiiensis

While walking along the rim of Kilauea Caldera one day, I stumbled across this lovely, flowering Hawaiian Catchfly, Silene hawaiiensis. This plant is endemic to the island of Hawaii, and is considered to be a threatened species. This specimen is growing in a substrate of volcanic ash emitted during an explosive eruption of Halemaumau crater back in 1790.