Hawai’i tree cotton (Kokia drynarioides)

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Illustration of Kokia drynarioides by Jean Emmons

Species: Kokia drynarioides
Common Name: Hawaii tree cotton
Status: Endangered, Federal Endangered
Species Act
Range: Hawaii

Map of United States illustrating the range of Kokia drynarioides

Artist: Lesley Randall
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Pen and ink

Found only on lava fields on the Big Island of Hawaii, this tree has fallen victim to predation by non-native animals such as cattle, goats, and roof rats, and habitat competition with fountaingrass. The artist found her subject matter in the herbarium at the University of California Davis’s Center for Plant Diversity.

A specimen of Hawai’i tree cotton (Kokia drynarioides) from the museum's herbarium collection:

National Herbarium preserved specimen of Kokia drynarioides