Acacia koa

Acacia koa (Koa)

Legumes | Native Hawaiian

 

Native To:

Hawai‘i

Plant Status:

Secure

Plant Habit:

Tree (15-50 ft. tall)

Plant Habitat:

Terrestrial, dry to moist forests

Cultural Uses

Koa leaves are used to induce sleep for cramps or fevers, while the wood is used to build canoes, paddles, surfboards, as bark for dye, and much more.

Interesting Fact

Koa is the largest native tree on the Hawaiian Islands. It is used for such a variety of things that it is highly demanded by many, which is why Koa is one of the most expensive woods in the world.

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