Osteomeles anthyllidifolia

Image of Hawai'i hawthorn

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lei or Hawaiian hawthornRosaceaeIndigenous to the Hawaiian IslandsHawaii Island (Cultivated)Early Hawaiians used the seeds and buds as a laxative for babies. The leaves, root bark and salt were pounded together and the liquid used for deep cuts.The small white sweet fruits were eaten and is similar in taste to rose petals. They produced a lavender to purple dye for kapa (tapa). Both the fruit and flowers of lei were used in lei making.NPH00012nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Osteomeles_anthyllidif...

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