Gossypium tomentosum

Gossypium tomentosum

Gossypium tomentosum (Maʻo)

Malvaceae | Rain


Native To:

Hawaii, Endemic

Plant Status:


Plant Habit:

Shrubs (Range: 1.5-5 feet tall) (Diameter: 5-10 feet)

Plant Habitat:

Arid coastal plains

Cultural Uses

The flowers were dried and the roots were mashed into liquid form and used to calm stomach aches. Non-medicinally, the leaves (green) and flowers (yellow) were used as dye for kapa.

Interesting Fact

The soft white hairs growing from the leaves give it a shimmery gray-green appearance. The shrub produces bright yellow flowers that are mashed to make yellow dye. The leaves are also used to make green dye to stain kapas.

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