Hippobroma longiflora

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Location Collected: 4th Street of Ohmine, Kolonia
Date Collected: Dec. 06,99
Collected by: Emiso Weilbacher


  1. Genus species: Hippobroma longiflora
  2. Family:
  3. English name: Star of Bethlehem
  4. Chuukese name:
  5. Kosraen name:
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  8. Growth form: herb
  9. Growth location: terrestrial
  10. Growth environment: grows wildly along the roads of
  11. Growth zone: tropical
  12. Average height: 30- 36.8 cm long
  13. Stem: not woody, green, smooth
  14. Leaf arrangement: simple, alternate
  15. Stipule: absent
  16. Petioles: sessile
  17. Leaf blade: Linear to oblanceolate shape, 7.8 cm - 17.5 cm, acute tip, Green in color, pinnate venation, doubly serrate margin
  18. Inflorescence: panicle usually comprised of two to three flowers
  19. Floral bracts: none
  20. Flower: actinomorphic to rotationally symmetric,dioecious or a male and female flower found in the same plant, slaverform, white in color
  21. Calyx: green, top part seperates into five and bottom is fused and reduced to a cup-like structure surrounding the ovary
  22. Corolla: fused white corolla with five lobes
  23. Stamens: monadelphous,1.0-1.5 cm long
  24. Ovary: inferior
  25. Style: a compound pistil or syncarpous,1.0-1.5 cm long
  26. Fruit: green, ovate, 3.8-4.5 cm long which splits into two parts and it contains five compartments with tons of seeds
  27. Seed: tiny round and brown
  28. Anything else: no strong aroma
  29. Cultural usage: none

"Contains diphenyl obediol, a central nervous system stimulant and extremely irritating alkaloid.  This toxin can be absorbed through intact skin.  All parts of plant can cause a rash.  Sap toxic."

- Poisonous Plants of Paradise: First Aid and Medical Treatment of Injuries from Hawai'i's Plants.   Susan Scott and Craig Thomas, M.D.2000. ISBN 0-8248-2251-X.

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